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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'
Leaves:
Relatively small green rounded oblong leaves, sometimes turning yellow, orange or red in fall. Usually later to leaf out in spring than other trees.
Flowers:
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.
Fruit:
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.