The U.S. National Arboretum
Plant Common Name
Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Pecos Crapemyrtle
This crapemyrtle cultivar is a tall, mildew- resistant, deciduous shrub that blooms with eye-catching clusters of fuchsia-pink flowers in summertime. Its lovely, multi-colored bark is smooth and mingles cinnamon brown, gray and tan colors. More color arrives in autumn, when the leaves of 'Pecos' turn maroon. If lower branches are removed, this cultivar forms a handsome small tree appropriate for small gardens or in a foundation planting.
Like most crapemyrtles, ‘Pecos’ should be planted in a well-drained average soil. Full sun is mandatory for best flowering and overall plant fullness and form. This shrub is quite drought tolerant once established. Pruning the spent branch tips after the first flowering often leads to a smaller, second flowering early autumn.
Severely pruning the crown of a crapemyrtle, called hat-racking, is a harmful and unhealthy landscaper’s practice.
AHS Heat Zone
11 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
7 - 10
H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Sharp or Has Thorns