Crape Myrtles are a staple of southern landscapes, and for obvious reasons. They have stunning summer blooms and many crape myrtle cultivars have gorgeous fall leaf color. The south is a hot bed of crape myrtles, due in part to how resistant they are to diseases, pests, and drought. Throughout the south, many older cultivars can be seen at mature heights of 15 feet, 25 feet, or greater.
While we love these southern staples, especially cultivars like Tuscarora, Sioux, Dynamite, Natchez and others, it is not uncommon to find them improperly planted in relation to buildings, roads, or other structures. Years after planting, when the trees mature, home and business owners as well as civic leaders may be unhappy with how intrusive the tree appears. It is important to choose the proper spacing to accommodate for the space the full grown tree will require.
Tradition is valued in the south, and so are new improvements. There has been increased effort in recent years to cultivate some new, more compact crape myrtles. Many of these new cultivars have been developed right here in Georgia. These new southern introductions open a whole new realm to crape myrtles in the landscape due to their smaller growth habits, along with some radical new colors of blooms and leaves. The following is a list of some we are honored to carry:
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