Lagerstroemia indica (Crape or Crepe Myrtle)
Is it a tree or is it a giant shrub. Is it Crape or is it Crepe? Yes it’s one of those. Whatever it is, it’s lovely but if you don’t live in the South of England read no further. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.
Hardiness level Red
Is it a tree or is it a giant shrub? Is it Crape or is it Crepe? Yes it's one of those. Whatever it is, it's lovely but if you don't live in the South of England read no further.
This deciduous Myrtle type of tree originates in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It's common there but not common here and although it does flower there don't expect them to flower here unless you get a stonkingly hot summer. Flower colour? We're not telling you because you may never see them. They can flower on juvenal trees though so you never know. They have lovely bark and go a good colour in autumn.
It can grow to 20-30ft (6-9m). Put it in the sunniest part of your (South of England) garden and preferably against a south facing wall.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
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