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Crape Myrtles in Southern Landscaping

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Crape myrtles in bloom

Crape myrtles in bloom

Shrubs and Trees

One of the most beautiful of summer blooming shrubs and trees in southern landscapes is the Crape Myrtle.

The official name of this eye-catching plant is Lagerstroemia.

This particular plant can be grown as a bushy shrub or as a tree all depending upon how it is pruned and trimmed. New draping varieties can even be displayed in hanging baskets.

The height of the various forms vary from about 18 inches to over 40 feet.

Color variations and shades of the different varieties can range from white to pink to lavender to purple and even red.

Closeup photo of crape myrtle blossom

Closeup photo of crape myrtle blossom

Climate Requirements

The plants thrive in hot and sunny climates so are generally seen in Zone 6 and below in the United States.

There are however newer and hardier varieties that can grow in colder climes.

The Lagerstroemias are native to India, Australia, and southwest Asia.

Their very showy blooming period lasts from 60 to 120 days and adds so much in the way of grandeur to yards, parks, and esplanades when the right time of year arrives. Summertime here in the south is when they are at their showiest.

The blooming period can actually be extended if the spent flowering heads are pruned off. As the flowers develop on the new growth each year, this allows for another flower head to develop in time to reflower.

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Proper Pruning Methods

We used to have two of these small trees in the front of our yard at our old house years ago. They grew fairly rapidly as most plants do in the south and produced gorgeous flowers.

One problem we had with them and why we ultimately removed them was the constant battle we had with powdery mildew, leaf spot and black sooty mold.

All of these things can occur on crape myrtles, and I have now discovered how this could have been better handled.

At the time I took leaf samples into a nursery, and all that they told me to do was spray with fungicide every week or two until the problem was resolved.

I have since learned that our plants were not pruned properly to allow much-needed air flow through the branches which could have kept the problem from developing in the first place or at least minimized it.

There is a good video below describing how proper pruning can not only alleviate fungal problems from developing but can also create a much more pleasing appearance to these plants as they grow into wonderful specimens of great beauty.

Be sure and watch the video if you are considering planting these in your yard or garden.

The other thing that has happened over the course of years is that hardier disease-resistant varieties have been developed.

So do some homework before you purchase crape myrtles, and you will be rewarded by years of flowering splendor for many months of each year.

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The bark of these plants keeps shedding and peeling off and what eventually results is a white-like hard stalk that is smooth and is alluring in its own right.

One neighbor that used to live near my mother at her former house was cutting down a couple of her shrubs but was saving the attractive branches to be utilized as drapery rods. They would have provided not only support for the curtains or drapes but would have been focal points of beauty all by themselves.

What a clever use of these eye-catching hardwood branches!

The photos in this post show just a few of the many brilliantly blooming types of crape myrtle.

When my family moved from Wisconsin to Texas many years ago, we heard someone refer to this particular plant as the "lilacs of the south."

They do have a similarly shaped flower head but do not have the fragrance of lilacs.

If you think of crepe paper and then look at a crape myrtle blossom, you will understand how it got that name. Very delicate ruffled and thin petals make up a crape myrtle flower.

Landscapes all over the south are graced this time of year with the varicolored beauties in a heyday of peak color, few blooming shrubs or trees offer so much coloration for so long a time. As the heat sizzles, these rewarding plants are at their sublime best.

Closeup of crape myrtle blossoms

Closeup of crape myrtle blossoms

Where My Photos Were Taken

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I grow Crape Myrtles in Cleveland, Ohio?

Answer: I looked up Cleveland, Ohio on a USDA zone map. Cleveland is in zone 6 A. I just searched online and found two articles that you might wish to read. These are their titles: How to Grow Crape Myrtles in Cold Climates | Today's Homeowner...and These Crape Myrtles are Cold Hardy Through Zone 5!

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

I planted a crape myrtle in our backyard last fall to take the place of our redbud tree that died. It has already leafed out and we will look forward to it growing and blooming in the days to come. Thanks for your comment and the wishes of the angels. Sending some back to you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 05, 2019:

These are a favorite of mine and while I do not have any at this time I can see some in my future. They are just so lovely and return each year in all of their splendor Thank you for sharing Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2019:

Hi Dale,

Some people do indeed seem to have the so-called "green thumbs." Too bad you did not inherit that gene from your mother. Ha! There is another saying that might apply: "Practice makes perfect." Perhaps your brown thumb can still turn green. (Smile)

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on March 27, 2019:

I have always wanted to be able to grow things like my mom did. She could get anything to grow. Not me. I look at a plant and it dies lol. I did like reading your hub though and it might inspire me to try gardening again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 26, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Perhaps these do not grow in your "neck of the woods" so-to-speak. They are truly lovely in the southern U.S. when they are in bloom.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 26, 2018:

Another one that is new to me. Like the look of these too Peggy

Robert Sacchi on August 24, 2018:

I see.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Crape myrtles look pretty much the same as they grow except that the trunk looks more interesting as it gets larger and the plant matures. I have a photo of that above.

Robert Sacchi on August 23, 2018:

Maybe you should add pics of this tree from time to time to show how they grow,

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 23, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Crape myrtles are truly beautiful, particularly when in bloom. I have now planted one in our backyard to take the place of the redbud tree that died.

Robert Sacchi on August 22, 2018:

I like the pictures. This seems a very beautiful and interesting tree.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 08, 2018:

Hi C E Clark,

Thanks for sharing this article about the beauty of crape myrtles. We recently planted one in our backyard.

The heat and the humidity during the summers in Houston really sap one's energy. They open up cooling centers around our city for those people who do not have air-conditioning in their homes. Those are what people call "the dog days of summer." I know it is hot where you live in North Texas also. Stay cool!

C E Clark from North Texas on August 08, 2018:

Seems like these beautiful trees and bushes bloom continually from early spring until late fall. As you say, they are a hardy addition to any landscape.

Up here in Northern Texas we rarely experience the awful humidity you get down in Houston. We do get severe humidity for a while every spring, but it usually ends by August, and even then it isn't quite as heavy or severe as you get down there.

Posting this very informative and useful article to FB and Awesome HubPages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2015:

Hi Donna,

I loved climbing trees when I was young. Nice that you got to climb a large crape myrtle in your grandfather's yard when you were a young girl. If not trimmed back, they can get to be very large specimens.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

We don't have them at our current home either but all we have to do is look directly across the street to see them. There are many in our area...homes and businesses...just like where you live.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Mary,

We do have lots of crape myrtles here in Houston despite the heat. We are now experiencing temps in the upper 90's and should hit 100 this Sunday. It feels much hotter than that. Any more serious yard work will have to be on hold until Fall temps arrive. Enjoy that AC in Florida. I know we are certainly enjoying it here! Thank heavens...no hurricanes this year yet to knock out power. We could use some rain however. We are currently in a hot and dry spell.

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on July 24, 2015:

I love them! I remember one in my grandfather's yard big enough to climb when I was a little girl.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

We had pretty much the same situation here. Too much rain was probably the cause I am guessing. Our official high will be 100 this Sunday if the predictions are correct. We are now regularly hitting 97 to 98 with feel like temps much higher.......so we are about the same temperature wise. Not sure you have as much humidity as we do but nonetheless........it is HOT! Thanks for the share.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 24, 2015:

Beautiful hub, Peggy. I love crepe myrtles. I don't have any myself, but I enjoy the ones growing around town. They are used a lot in the landscaping of both homes and businesses around here.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 23, 2015:

I may have commented on this beautiful Hub before; can't remember! I always grew Crape Myrtles in Georgia, but you don't find them here. Maybe it's too hot for them.

We have been in the 90's every day, but then we have a nice rain in the afternoons.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 23, 2015:

The crape myrtles are just now blossoming everywhere around town. For some reason we didn't have the profuse blossoms we usually get this spring from all the different trees and bushes, etc., not just the crape myrtles. Very beautiful trees, and this article is very helpful for people who want to add them to their landscapes.

Sharing again with followers.

Hope all is well with you and that you're staying cool. Our low temp is now 83 degrees F. The high is usually around 100 give or take a little.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

The crape myrtles are definitely a hardy plant. About the only problem we have with them here in Houston is if we get loads of rain and humidity and if they are planted in an area where they do not get good air circulation. The leaves can get moldy which is simply an eyesore. In dry areas, this is no problem. They are certainly showy when in bloom and the bark becomes so beautiful with age. Thanks for the votes and shares. Enjoy your Sunday!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 18, 2015:

Lots of good information for people getting their yards in shape for summer. I love crepe myrtle trees and bushes. They seem to bloom several times a year and they can tolerate our awful feat pretty well.

Voting this up and sharing it again on HP and pinning again, but this time to my 'Pink III' board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 14, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

This article has proven to be quite successful. For those of us living in the south the crape myrtles are quite common but also beautiful. The tree branches as well as roots can be quite beautiful as they age as you saw in the one photo. Thanks for your votes and shares. Appreciate it!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 14, 2014:

I can't believe I haven't seen this article before either. Full of good information and what an unusual photo of the roots of the old crepe myrtle tree. At least it seems unusual to me because I've never seen a crepe myrtle old enough to have roots like that.

Crepe myrtles are everywhere here and I love them. They're so colorful and they blossom several times every year. They're fast and easy to grow.

Gave you 5 more stars, pinned to my "Trees, Plants, & Flowers' board, voted up and BAUI, and will share with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2014:

Hi Rebecca,

So glad that you liked this hub about the crape myrtles. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2014:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for letting me know that Jessica Alba had pinned this article regarding Crape Myrtles. I still have not figured out how to know people which people are pinning articles...but thanks!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 04, 2014:

I love crape myrtles, even when they are done blooming and pruned, I like the twisted limbs. I have never heard them called the lilacs of the South. That's a good name for them! Interesting crepe myrtle from Australia...the one that starts with L. So pretty!

moonlake from America on February 03, 2014:

I came over to congratulate you on the pin by Jessica Alba. I can sure understand why she pinned it, very nice interesting hub. I haven't been on much so I'm kind of late with the congrats. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2014:

Hello Earl Noah Bernsby,

While they may not have been native to this area, they certainly thrive down in these parts. So you lived in San Antonio for 4 years! Such a beautiful city. Were you in the military?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2014:

Hello Budicnost,

Sorry for the late response. For some reason this went into the spam folder and I only saw your comment now. As to type of crape myrtle, if you want it to grow above your fence line, just make sure you do not purchase one of the miniature varieties. Other than that, any of the varieties should do just fine. You will have your choice of colors. Good luck!

Earl Noah Bernsby from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 29, 2014:

"The Lagerstroemias are native to India, Australia and southwest Asia."

Learn something new everyday! This Hub makes me recall the four wonderful years I spent in San Antonio. I guess I just unconsciously figured Crape-Myrtles were native to that region, lol! ;)

Budicnost on August 25, 2013:

I live in a small townhouse with a small brkycaad. I'd like to plant a crepe myrtle in one of the corners close to the fence partly for shade, partly for having at least a one small tree in my small landscape. I am hoping that the flowers of the crepe myrtle will eventually grow above the fence line. Do you have any suggestion as to what type of crepe myrtle I should plant? Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2013:

Hi Jaye, Sometimes are simply mislabeled in nurseries. Nice that you are enjoying your crape myrtles even though they are larger than you expected and nice that you have memories of that hedge of them at your grandmother's place. Thanks for the votes! Happy 4th of July!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 04, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

You have the lovely lilacs up there that we cannot grow down here so it all balances out I suppose. Thanks for your comment and share. Happy 4th of July!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 03, 2013:

I love my crape myrtles! I have two with white flowers growing beside the driveway, just inside my picket fence. The saplings I bought were marked "dwarf", but they were anything but! They are reaching for the sky even though my son cut them back to about four feet last fall. (I'm going to ask him to read this hub and watch the video about proper pruning.)

When I was a little girl, my grandmother had an entire row of crape myrtles growing at the top of a hill beside a fence. I learned to love these trees then, and always will.

Voted Up+++

Jaye

moonlake from America on July 03, 2013:

I love crepe myrtles but can't grow them here. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2012:

Hi Cathleena,

The crape myrtles are in full bloom here in Houston again this year on the 10th day of June. Glad to hear that yours are thriving, even if a bit later than you expected. Thanks for your comment, votes & the share regarding this hub.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 09, 2012:

Peggy I love these shrubby trees that I never encountered until I came to Tennessee. I planted four of these beauties in the front yard. Two reds, a white, and a pretty lavender. The year after I planted them, I thought I'd lost them and was so disappointed, but then after everything else was already up, they sent up their new shoots and I realized they are late comers. They are definitely worth the wait. Voting up, awesome, beautiful, interesting and sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Everything here is also ahead of time with regard to blooming plants like the crape myrtles because this past winter flew by with very little in the way of normal winter temperatures. A few light frosts is all we got. Perhaps it is the same thing for where you live? Normally we have a little bit of freezing weather in Houston each winter. I never had to wear warm coat this past winter...just a few light jackets on occasion. Thus all the plants have been thrown off of their normal patterns with regard to blooming. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 21, 2012:

We have quite a few of these specimens near our house, here in Southern California, and they're a great harbinger of spring. But they seem to bloom earlier and earlier each year. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2012:

Hello sgbrown,

Nice that you have the crape myrtles in your very own yard to enjoy and admire. They certainly do bloom for a long period of time. Thanks for your visit and votes.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 14, 2012:

Hello Peggy W. I love crepe myrtles. I have one in my yard now and plan on planting many more. They have such great colors and bloom almost continually in the summer. Great hub! You actually have many hubs that I will be going back and reading. Thanks for SHARING! Voted up and useful. Have a very happy Valentine's Day! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2011:

Hi Eddy,

Glad that you enjoyed this hub on the Crape-Myrtles. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 28, 2011:

So very very beautiful and here's to so many more to share on here.

I vote up up and away here.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2011:

Hello gryphin432,

Perhaps it is not too late to do some pruning of your crape myrtle plant? Maybe just a little tweaking would have it appear even more beautiful. They certainly are a gorgeous shrub or tree depending upon how they are trimmed and allowed to grow. Thanks for your comment.

gryphin423 from Florida on October 23, 2011:

Hi Peggy, I love crape myrtles! I have one in my front yard, unfortunately the previous owner of the house had not seen your pruning video :-( It is still beautiful but it could have been so much stronger if it didn't have so many branches. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2011:

Hi Robin,

There is no reason that you cannot cut the crape myrtle blooms and put them in a vase however since that flower spike blooms for a period of time on the shrub/tree, it may not last nearly as long when cut. When the flowering is over and at that point if you cut off the dead bloom, it may actually reflower again for you. So do as you like. :)) Only wish they smelled like the fragrant lilacs! Thanks for your comment.

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on October 13, 2011:

We just planted a crepe myrtle tree in our front yard next to the driveway to bring in a bit of color. I will definitely watch the video before it is pruned! Do you know if the flowers can be put in a vase like a lilac? I'm very excited to see it grow and bloom, even more so now after reading your Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2011:

Hi thelyricwriter,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed the pictures and information about crepe myrtles as they are used in Southern landscaping. They are still blooming in Houston and it is now October. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on October 13, 2011:

Peggy, another wonderful article with so much useful information and great pictures. It is always great to come over and get away for a few minutes. You capture everythings true beauty. You have my votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 02, 2011:

Hi Rosie,

If you have more room in your yard, this might be a good time of year to purchase some bargain priced crepe myrtles. Most of the plants in the nurseries down here are greatly discounted this time of year. Thanks for your comment.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on September 02, 2011:

Great article. Crepe myrtles line some of our neighbor's driveways. I love the canopy they create and the beautiful colors they bring. I have only one Crepe Myrtle bush in white but would love to have some of the trees in the brighter colors.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2011:

Hi Maggie,

That is a surprise that the crape myrtles do well in Pennsylvania. Am sure that more people up there will want to try growing them after reading your comment. Are they in a protected environment? Up close to a house or sheltered in another way? Nice that you can enjoy them as we can down here in the South. Thanks for your comment.

Maggie on July 30, 2011:

Thanks for a most informative video. I'm from Northeastern Pennsylvania (zone 5A or 6) where crape myrtles are not supposed to grow! I loved them so much on a trip to VA beach that I thought I'd try. I now have 4 and all are doing well. My pink one is about 7-8 ft tall, the others younger and smaller but thriving. Sure was worth taking a chance.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2011:

Hi Lucky Cats,

Nice that you can also enjoy the Crape Myrtles where you live. They are in full bloom right now in Houston and will be for quite some time to come. Thanks for your comment and votes. Appreciate it! :))

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on July 22, 2011:

Wonderful hub, Peggy. I have always loved Crape Myrtles for the fabulous color and length of flowering stage. We've had them in N. California and, now, in SE Kansas. Even with the incredibly cold, freezing temps. of winter, these beautiful shrubs and trees grow back...even if the shrub variety has sustained dieback to ground level, they return...trees do well, too; much to my amazement. You've pointed out an excellent bit of information; to avoid fungus, mold and mildew, we must trim the dead and extra growth back to allow air flow. When my friend, Al, first suggested this to me; I thought he was a little wacky...then, of course, I realized he was right. We also "deadhead" the spent flower tops so that a second growth can occur......extending the length of flowering even more.

Haven't tried fashioning a curtain rod from branches, though...good idea, however.

Thank you for a very good and beautifully presented hub! UP Beautiful, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2011:

Hello Dave,

Crape Myrtles do not have fragrance like lilacs do. I used to love the fragrance of lilac shrubs when we lived up north. My parents had a hedge of them when I was a child and I still remember their wonderful smell. Unfortunately they do not grow down here in Houston. The upside to the crape myrtles compared to lilacs is that they bloom for a much longer period of time.

Be sure and take your pillow when you go outside to "sleep in the flowerbed!" Haha! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2011:

Hello Landscaping Melbourne,

Thanks for the compliment on this hub about using crape-mrytles in southern landscaping. Do you use them where you live?

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 21, 2011:

WOW, what super photos. I really like that myrtle plant...purple is so pretty on a flowering plant! And they smell good too. Makes me want to go out and sleep in the flowerbed! LOL

Landscaping Melbourne on April 27, 2011:

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Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2011:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

We had them at our former home and no room to add them at our current home...so we admire the crepe-myrtles in many of the yards around us. They are certainly a popular and beautiful plant for southern landscaping! Thanks for the comment. Enjoy yours!!! :-)

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 28, 2011:

Peggy, beautiful pictures. I love crepe myrtles, we have several in our yeard. Great information.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2011:

Hello soaps,

Thanks for your appreciative comment on this Crepe Myrtle hub for southern landscaping. :-)

soaps on March 05, 2011:

Nice very nice i really like this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 05, 2011:

Hi Mrs. J.B.,

You have really been busy reading hubs! Glad that you liked this one about Crepe-Myrtles in Southern Landscaping. I also like the pink ones. Thanks!

Mrs. J. B. from Southern California on March 05, 2011:

Absolutely beautiful. I love the bright pink..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 16, 2011:

Hello DeBorrah K. Ogans,

Thanks for commenting on this hub about Crepe Myrtles in Southern Landscaping. I agree that they add so much beauty to lawns and gardens when in bloom. :-)

DeBorrah K Ogans on February 16, 2011:

Peggy W, Nice informative hub! The Crepe Myrtle beautifully enhances any landscape! They are so colorful when blooming... Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2010:

Hi Micky,

I know why you like live oak trees better than the crepe myrtles and that is because they are the homes to your squirrels. Right? They surely love the live oaks (and water oaks for that matter) in this area! Thanks for the comment.

Micky Dee on December 01, 2010:

My favorite tree is without doubt, the Live Oak. I'm trying to think of another I like more than the Crepe-Myrtle but nothing comes to mind. Thank you Dear Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 28, 2010:

Hello Happyboomernurse,

Thanks for the comments on this Crepe Myrtle hub and also for letting me know that I left off the comment box in the Bradford Pear Tree hub. I just corrected that! Good luck with your pruning of your crepe myrtles in the future. They are such a beautiful tree/shrub...depending upon how they are grown.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 28, 2010:

Hi Peggy,

Crape Myrtles are my favorite ornamental tree and I have several in my back yard that have bloomed profusely in the summers. I've looked up pruning information in the past, and pruned mine the best I can, but the pruning video you embedded in this hub will be very useful in the future. Your landscaping hubs are always so informative and beautiful. I also read the newest one on the Branford Pear trees and loved it, but couldn't find a comment box. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 03, 2010:

Hello The Drain Team,

It depends upon where you live. Here in Houston plants tend to grow really fast with the warmth and humidity. A five gallon sized plant would be very large here in a couple of years. You could probably check with some local nurseries and get their opinion. Personally I have never purchased really large plants because in a few years time, the smaller ones seem to be almost equal in size and the money saved can be substantial. My former next door neighbor purchased a large tree for hundreds of dollars and had it planted. We planted a 5 gallon sized one (both oak trees) and within 3 years, muchless 5 years, there was absolutely no difference in size. Hope that this answers your question. Good luck on planting your crape myrtle!

The Drain Team from Tampa Bay, FL on September 03, 2010:

If I wanted to make sure the Crape Mertyle is a prominent fixture on the corner of my house within a couple of years, how big would it have to be when I plant it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

The main problem with Crape Myrtles in our area is the mold which can form on their leaves in Houston's humid environment. That being said, most of them seem to thrive and certainly add beauty and color to the landscapes. Currently we have none in our yard but enjoy the ones in neighbor's yards.

billyaustindillon on July 20, 2010:

They are gorgeous when flowering - we have one in the front and they are very easy maintenance which suits me fine :)

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Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2010:

Hi habee,

You are fortunate to have crape-myrtles in your yard. They are beautiful indeed!

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 25, 2010:

Beautiful! I have a few of these in my yard.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2010:

Hi mhuze,

I agree that Crape Myrtles are beautiful. You are fortunate to have one of your very own in your front yard. What color is it?

mhuze from USA on April 16, 2010:

Crape Myrtles are beautiful! I have one in my front yard.

Great hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 19, 2010:

Hello Brisbane Landscaping,

Wow! A visit from someone in Australia! Thanks for visiting my Crape-Myrtles in Southern Landscaping hub.

Brisbane Landscaping on March 19, 2010:

The pictures are awesome have tried to create such magic but to avail will keep visiting our hub as it is highly informative along with visuals.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2009:

Hi James,

Crape Myrtles are pretty and I learned more about them than I knew previously by doing this hub. Thanks for the comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on November 16, 2009:

I have three pink Crape Myrtles right out here in my yard and the lady across the street has two. I love 'em. Thanks for the informative Hub. I never knew much about Crape Myrtles. All I do is look at them. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 09, 2009:

Hello RTalloni,

I agree with you that white is a cool and restful color in the heat of the summer. From the sounds of it, you really enjoy your tall and shade providing crape-myrtle. Enjoy that summer "snow." A bit easier to contend with than the real thing. LOL

RTalloni on November 09, 2009:

This was great. My favorite is white, even on the blonde brick house in your picture. The white makes a show case for everything and is so soothing in the heat. I let mine grow tall and have pruned them around a sitting area for shade from the southern sun. When the blooms fall we have summer lovely snow. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2009:

Hi MasonsMom,

Glad that you can also enjoy these beautiful crape-myrtles with having one in your very own back yard. They certainly add beauty to southern landscapes! Thanks for leaving a comment.

MasonsMom from U.S.A. on October 11, 2009:

Great information! We have one in our back yard & it is so pretty!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2009:

Hello blueangel says:

Glad that you liked this hub about Crape Myrtles in Southern Landscapes. Have more up my sleeve... LOL

blueangel on October 04, 2009:

"thanks a lot it is so colorful....thanks again......"

KEEP it up '-'

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 03, 2009:

Hello Samantha,

Crape Myrtles are beautiful, I'll admit. Perhaps there is too much humidity in Florida? I still miss the wonderful lilac bushes that grow up north. Guess we can't have everything! Thanks for the comment.

samanthagardner from Palm Beach Gardens, FL on October 03, 2009:

Peggy- How I miss crape myrtles! Now living in south, south Florida that just do not do well here. Great photos as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 13, 2009:

Hello Jon,

What a glorious view you must have of your bank of pink crape-myrtles in your backyard landscape. They are truly the "lilacs of the south." Enjoy that coffee! Thanks for the comment.

Jon Sterling from Houston Texas - United States on September 13, 2009:

Peggy,

We have them all over the backside of property - All of ours are pink - Love looking at them while sipping our coffee on the back patio each morning.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2009:

Hello EdenvaleShoppes,

Thanks for the compliment on my Crape-Myrtles in Southern Landscapes hub. Hope it offered information that you can utilize. Also thanks for the comment.

EdenvaleShoppes on August 24, 2009:

Nice Hub!!

Thanks..

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 16, 2009:

Greetings Karen_S,

So happy if this hub about Crape-Myrtles in Southern Landscapes will be a help to your new planting efforts. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Karen_S from Orange County, CA on August 16, 2009:

What a great hub! Thanks for the advice about mildew. We've been thinking about Crape Myrtles for our yard, but have serious issues with mildew. Know I know what to look for when shopping for a new tree.