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Catawba Crape Myrtle
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Catawba Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

  • A great purple flowering tree with fall colors as well
  • Deep purple flowers bloom from spring through summer
  • Works well as a small ornamental tree or even as a colorful privacy hedge
  • Loves full sun, is cold hardy, and becomes drought-tolerant once established
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
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Catawba Crape Myrtle, botanical name Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba,' is native to China, and highly sought after for its beautiful display of dark purple flowers and its attractive foliage. This little beauty provides year-round interest. It features bronze-like foliage in spring. The leaves turn to bright green in the summer and then transform to an orange-red color in the fall. The vibrant summertime foliage creates a stunning backdrop for the brilliant blooms! Plant them in groups or as the centerpiece of your landscape.

Crape Myrtle Catawba is one of the few plants that can bloom profusely in the summer. It's this explosion of color that makes them a favorite during the warm months, especially in arid environments. They can grow in almost any soil type, and love full sun, making them ideal for growing in our zone. As a bonus, they are water-wise, with little to moderate watering needs once established. Plus, this is a mildew-resistant tree!

Since Catawba Crape Myrtle never gets too big, they are the perfect fit for city gardens, as an accent, or in any landscape that could use a beautiful purple flowering tree. Plus, in the summer, you will love being able to enjoy the colorful scenery outdoors. Relax under the glorious canopy this attractive shade tree can provide!

The beauty of this tree does not just stop at the vibrant blooms and green foliage. Crape Myrtles are known to be one of the best trees for fall color with their deep orange-red fall foliage. From purple flowers and lush leaves to firey fall tree colors, the Crape Myrtle is the best for year-round color!

Crape Myrtle trees grow at a slow to moderate growth rate. We recommend planting mature specimens to bring instant color and curb appeal to your home. These trees benefit from monthly applications of fertilizer such as our Moon Dust from March to September. The extra nutrients will keep your Catawba Crape Myrtles happy and healthy, help push more growth for a lush canopy and myriad of fall foliage, as well as promote the best coat of stunning purple flowers!

Moon Valley Nurseries is the grower of the best-quality Crape Myrtle trees. These are the perfect trees for yards with limited space or in need of an extra dose of color. We also have the ideal companion plants such as Agapanthus, Magnolia, and Indian Hawthorn to tie your whole landscape design together! Stop by your local Moon Valley Nurseries to see our massive selection of Catawba Crape Myrtle trees for sale.

Our nursery pros are happy to help you select the perfect trees for your landscape. All our trees, palms, hedges, plants, and cacti are locally grown in our climate and soil to ensure an easy and successful transition to your yard.

Our professional planting crews make sure your trees and plants are ready to thrive and we guarantee everything we plant for you! From our farms to your yard, nobody does it better! For the best trees on Earth, go straight to the Moon!

The beauty of this tree does not just stop at the vibrant blooms and foliage. It's a deciduous tree. When the tree is bare, it can reveal its beautiful multi-colored bark.

Moon Valley Nurseries custom-grows the best-quality Catawba Crape Myrtle. We grow them so that they can thrive and add plenty of beauty and value to your landscape. Visit your nearest nursery location and allow us to help you pick the perfect tree for the perfect spot in your yard.

Every time a plant is watered, the soil should be thoroughly saturated to a depth of at least 2 to 3 feet and at least as wide as a tree well. Very slow and deep watering is always recommended. During periods of extreme heat, we advise at least 1 additional time per week of watering for all varieties. For periods of heavy rain (1/2” or more) adjust accordingly by possibly skipping a watering session for that time.



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