How to Plant a Crape Myrtle
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Crape myrtle is one of the loveliest trees the South has to offer. Huge flower clusters in pink, red, purple or white catch the eye and beautify a landscape.
With a months-long bloom period, graceful growing habit, colorful fall foliage and exfoliating bark, crape myrtle is the ultimate year-round specimen tree. And an established tree is both heat- and drought-tolerant, which saves the gardener time and money.
Choose a variety that won’t outgrow its space or need to be constantly pruned. Since crape myrtle comes in many different sizes and growth habits, let a Garden Center associate help you find the one best for your site.
Ease the plant out of the pot. If the roots were growing in a circle in the pot, gently spread them out.
Set the plant in the hole so that the place where the trunk meets the roots is at the soil line — not too high and not too deep.
Replace half of the soil and lightly press it down, making sure to eliminate air pockets. Water gently.
Replace the rest of the soil, making a shallow saucer of soil around the perimeter of the hole like a moat to hold water.
TIP: After the flowers fade, crape myrtle produces attractive seedpods. The seeds can sprout where you don’t want them, so remove fallen seeds when you see them.