Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia ‘Tuscarora’/ ‘Natchez’

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’/ ‘Natchez’ (Crepe Myrtle) - full view

Full view

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’/ ‘Natchez’ (Crepe Myrtle) - leaves & flower

Foliage detail

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’/ ‘Natchez’ (Crepe Myrtle) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25'; Spread: 25'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Deciduous; upright, oval canopy with low branching habit. May have single or multiple trunks.

  • Foliage:

    Glossy, dark green leaves, oblong, 1-2" long. New leaves have bronze tint. In fall, change to yellow, red, and orange before falling off.

  • Flower:

    Showy, crinkled flowers in red, pink, white, or purple appear in summer.

  • Fruit:

    1/4-1/2" brown capsule in fall and winter.

  • Bark:

    Interesting, smooth, peeling bark with beige and tan blotches.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, some shade, and high winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Does best in warm to hot climates. Fruit and flowers cause litter. Subject to mildew in cooler, moist climates.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to China. Beautiful bark and flowers. May have single or multiple trunks. Popular street tree in Southern California.