Crape Myrtle, Muskogee
Crape Myrtle, Muskogee
Vase-shaped with a rounded crown, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle is prized for its lush and lovely blossoms, typically pink or lavender in color, as well as its bewitching autumnal shades and silvery wintry bark…
What distinguishes the lovely Muskogee Crape Myrtle?
Summery pink-lavender blossoms which bloom from July to September.
Autumnal leaves of gorgeous bronze and scarlet shades.
Smooth, tan-gray bark that exfoliates annually to reveal silvery and shiny inner layers.
High tolerance against disease, mildew, and drought.
Keeping up appearances…
Scientifically defined as the Lagerstroemia x Muskogee, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle belongs to the family Lythraceae. Like the Natchez Crape Myrtle, this is a deciduous shrub with bright green foliage and a 6-9 hardiness rating. On average, this specimen spreads out 10-20 ft. and reaches an approximate height of 15-30 ft.
A friendly recommendation.
It thrives with full exposure to sunlight and in medium well-drained soil. Also agreeable for group planting, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice for landscape decoration and for creating hedges or for decorating borders. The Muskogee Crape Myrtle can also thrive in contained spaces and in urban gardens, provided that it receives adequate amounts of sunlight and is occasionally watered.
Awesome tree trivia!
- The Muskogee Crape Myrtle is dubbed “crape” due to its crinkly crepe-like petals and called “myrtle” due to the leaves’ resemblance to the “true” myrtle (myrtus communis).
- Historically and mythically, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle was thought to signify beauty, chastity, and royalty; it was favored by brides-to-be and by Chinese emperors alike.
- Though native to Asia, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle was introduced to the southern United States over 150 years ago. Today it can be found throughout nearly all the states that border the eastern, western, and southern borders of the United States, reaching from Oregon to Delaware, and spreading inwards to landlocked states such as Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nevada.
This Tree's Zone: 6 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Fall Foliage||Red, yellow, and orange|
|Bloom||Lavender to pink|
|Bloom Time||July to September|
|Shape||Vase shaped with rounded crowns|
|Size||15 to 30 feet|
|Spread||10 to 20 feet|