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Crape Myrtle ‘Natchez’

Lagerstroemia fauriei x indica 'Natchez'

Hybrid Crape Myrtle; 'Indian Series' Crape Myrtle; Natchez Crape Myrtle

About This Plant

Full sun; deciduous. All the “Indian series” hybrids were produced at the National Arboretum to improve disease resistance and lengthen the bloom period. ‘Natchez’ is the white-blooming version with striking cinnamon-red peeling bark. There are many full grown specimens around older San Antonio campuses and neighborhoods. “Natchez” is long-lived and slow-growing. Use it as a shade tree, not a shrub: give it plenty of room and sun, and avoid chopping the tops off in winter (“crape murder”) which serves no purpose other than disfiguring the tree.

Origins: Hybrid; origins in East Asia

Maintenance

“Natchez” has improved resistance to powdery mildew. In general, pruning can be performed every four to six years; focus on minimizing dead, damaged, or rubbing branches, and removing no more than 25% of the canopy during any five-year period. Leave the upper 2/3 of the crown uncut to maintain a healthy specimen. Mulch with about 2″ of woodchips or pine bark wherever possible. (A six-foot diameter mulched area is the minimum.) If natural rainfall has been absent for a month or more in drought years and the tree seems badly stressed, water the area beneath the canopy.

For fans of Texas madrone, a crape myrtle with striking red trunks.

Min. Height: 15'

Max Height: 30 feet'

Min. Width: 15'

Max Width: 20 feet'

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