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Crape Myrtle

A deciduous small tree with smooth mottled gray or light brown bark. Native to China.


Scientific Name:
Lagerstroemia hybrid
Mature Height:
to 24'
Mature Spread:
to 12'  
Relatively small green rounded oblong leaves, sometimes turning yellow, orange or red in fall. Usually later to leaf out in spring than other trees.
Crinkled, crepe like in rounded clusters at the ends of branches. Blooms early summer to fall. A variety of colors may be available including white, pink, purple or red.
Round seed capsules less than 1/2" in diameter.
Root System:
No large surface roots.
Growth Rate:
Fast to moderate. Most vigorous growing crape myrtle.
Cultural Notes:
Adjustable to many soils. Mildew resistant. May attract aphids.
Sacramento Specimen:
5709 Carlson Drive, multi trunked.

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
  • from a building foundation: 6 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 4 feet
  • from an air conditioner: 3 feet
  • from a fence: 3 feet
  • from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 3 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 0 feet
  • from a swimming pool: 6 feet
  • from a septic system: 15 feet
  • between trees*: 12 feet

* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.