Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

Catawba Crape Myrtle

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Catawba Crape Myrtle is a domed upright deciduous shrub with exfoliating bark.  The foliage emerges bronze-red and matures to bright green before turning vibrant red-orange in fall, while the large dark purple panicles bloom bloom on new wood in summer.  Best color in full sun and rich well-drained soil.  Catawba is mildew resistant.

Type: 

Shrub

Height: 

10' - 15'

Spread: 

10’ - 15'

Spacing: 

12'

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

7 - 9

Culture: 

Full SunPartial Sun

Bloom Color: 

Purple

Season of Interest: 

SummerFall

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Water Regularly.  Prune back in spring before bloom to promote flowers.  It can be susceptible to leaf spot and powdery mildew.  Watch for aphids and scale.
LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWildlife GardensUrban Gardens, Foundation Planting, and Hedges.

COMPANION PLANTS: Lilyturf, Hibiscus, Butterfly Bush

Image: Photo by David J. Stang, Lagerstroemia indica Catawba 4zzCC BY-SA 4.0

 

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