Auburn University Horticulture Department, Auburn, AL
(Crapemyrtle, Regal Red Crapemyrtle)
This multi-stemmed crapemyrtle, 'Regal Red,'is a heat-loving, large deciduous shrub, descended from a native of eastern Asia. By midsummer it bears numerous clusters of crinkled, red flowers with pink undertones at its branch tips. Removing spent clusters can produce a second flush of bloom in autumn. Although this selection is naturally broad-spreading in its habit, lower branches can be removed to ensure it takes on the form of a small tree. Its leaves are dark green through summer and turn shades...
(Crapemyrtle, Royalty Crapemyrtle)
Named for its royal purple flowers, ‘Royalty’ is a showy, dwarf crapemyrtle that blooms from midsummer onward. Descended from a species native to China and Korea, it is heat-loving and drought tolerant. It has dark-green leaves that turn orange and red with occasional flashes of yellow in autumn.
This tough shrub tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot sunny locations. Powdery mildew (a leaf disease) may be a problem, but can be diminished with good air flow, so give...
(Crapemyrtle, Red Crapemyrtle)
Crapemyrtle is a heat-loving, summer flowering small tree that originates from Korea and China. 'Rubra' is an old selection, dating from 1874, known for its large clusters of brightly colored red to crimson flowers that appear at its branch tips. Bark is brown and tan, exfoliating on its multi-stemmed trunk. The glossy leaves of crapemyrtle emerge pale green to bronze in the spring, turn dark to medium green in the summer, then transition to yellow in fall. Mature plants may adopt a beautiful vase-shape....
This dwarf crapemyrtle grows into a dense, mounding, deciduous shrub that bloom heavily with deep-red flowers. From midsummer onward, 'Sacramento' produces its blossoms in clusters on branch tips. Removing spent clusters can produce a second flush of flowering. This is a heat-loving plant that has dark green leaves through summer. The leaves turn red in autumn.
Like most crapemyrtles, 'Sacramento' tolerates a wide range of well drained soils and grows best in hot sunny locations. It is susceptible,...
(Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Snowbaby Crapemyrtle)
This is a dwarf crapemyrtle that grows into a compact, deciduous shrub with pure white flowers on its branch tips. From midsummer onward, 'Snowbaby' blooms with new clusters on new branches. Removing spent clusters encourages new flushes of bloom in autumn. This cultivar arose as a sport (a mutation) of 'Dwarf Blue', and some of its branches may may revert to blooming with bluish-lavender flowers. It is a heat-loving plant that has dark green leaves through summer. In autumn, they turn shades or...
Auburn University Horticulture Department, Auburn, AL
(Crapemyrtle, Wm. Toovey Crapemyrtle)
The heavy-blooming ‘Toovey’ is a multi-stemmed small tree with a broad crown. By midsummer it bears large clusters of crinkled, watermelon red flowers at its branch tips. These are balanced by lush dark green leaves that turn orange-red in autumn. In wintertime, its attractive light gray and brown bark takes center stage.
Crapemyrtle is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot, sunny locations. In general, this cultivar has good powdery mildew resistance. A prominent...
(Crapemyrtle, Twilight Crapemyrtle)
A heat-loving, small deciduous tree, 'Twilight' is descended from a native of eastern Asia. It has glossy, dark green leaves that turn shades of orange and red in the fall. In midsummer it produces abundant clusters of lavender-violet flowers at its branch tips. Mature plants have an upright and broad habit and attractive exfoliating reddish brown bark.
Like most crapemyrtles, 'Twilight' tolerates a wide range of well drained soils and grows best in hot, sunny locations. Use it as a specimen near...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Crapemyrtle, Victor Crapemyrtle)
The red-flowered crapemyrtle ‘Victor’ is a heat-loving, small shrub with an upright globular habit. It originates from eastern Asia and is moderately cold-tolerant. The tree’s glossy green leaves are bronze when they first emerge, deepen to a dark green in summer and red shades in the late fall. In midsummer it has large showy clusters of rich red flowers at its branch tips.
Crapemyrtles are tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soil types and grow best in hot sunny locations. Once established,...
(Crapemyrtle, Weeping Pink Crapemyrtle)
This crapemyrtle, 'Weeping Pink,' blooms with rosy pink flowers in mid and late summer. It is a tall shrub or small tree with gently arching branches, best used as a specimen. For a classic tree-shape, prune away the lowest branches while the plant is young. Unlike many crapemyrtles, 'Weeping Pink' is resisant to powdery mildew, a disfiguring leaf disease.
Like most crapemyrtles, 'Weeping Pink' tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It grows and flowers best in a sunny location. It is quite...
(Crapemyrtle, Raspberry Sundae™ Crapemyrtle)
What an appetizing ornamental! Raspberry Sundae™ crapemyrtle is a heat-loving, large shrub to small tree with an attractive upright, pyramidal habit. This eastern Asian native has glossy green leaves that are scarlet when they first emerge and turn shades of red in the fall. In summer it bears many large clusters of crinkly, flowers that are deep pink in the center and more white at the petal edges. This gives the impression of raspberry pink flowerclusters at its branch tips. Flowering is heaviest...