A row of blooming pink and white crape myrtles

Nothing brings the late summer color quite like Crape Myrtles. With their ruffled flowers that appear just like crape paper, you'll see why these blooms are an outstanding addition to your landscape.

Blooms

You'll start seeing Crape Myrtles explode with brilliant color in the landscape with all this hot weather. It's amazing that such a small and fragile crape-like flower can create such an impact! When planted en masse, they can create quite a striking fire-storm of color.

New Wood

For the reluctant pruner, Crape Myrtles offer a simple solution. Since they bloom on new wood, as long as you don't prune during the summer months, you're less likely to prune off all your new buds. In addition, Crape Myrtles can take a good hard pruning and still rebound with vigor. So if you happen to take a little too much "off the top" in early spring, you're still likely to enjoy new foliage and plentiful blossoms.

Winter Interest

If there is one thing that can separate a good gardener from a great gardener, it's planning for a four-season garden. Plants that perform well in the summer, but also provide beautiful exfoliating or colored bark in the fall and winter, help to create landscapes that are interesting and ever-changing.

Take a video tour of "Jack's Backyard" as he shows us the double blooms of a 'Catawba' Crape Myrtle, discusses the best fall foliage of the 'Dynamite' Crape Myrtle, and explains why the "drop dead gorgeous" 'Pink Velour' Crape Myrtle is his favorite. And be sure to stop by Al's now to see why we love this bold and beautiful tree.

close-up of pink velour crape myrtle

Pink Velour

Deep wine-red leaves emerge in spring and age to dark purplish green, providing a striking contrast to vibrant pink summer flowers. Compact, multi-stemmed form is ideal for use as an accent shrub or small tree, in flowering borders or containers. Resistant to powdery mildew.

  • Showy pink ruffled flowers
  • Compact form provides dramatic fall foliage and year round interest
  • Deciduous
  • Moderate growth rate
  • Height: 8-10 ft.
  • Width: 8-10 ft.
close-up of a dynamite crape myrtle

Dynamite

An attractive ornamental shrub or small tree with smooth, peeling bark. Showy blooms in the summer is followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage. An excellent choice as a specimen plant, for an explosion of color in the landscape and year round interest

  • Ruffled fiery-red summer flowers
  • Beautiful red fall color with attractive bark
  • Good disease resistance
  • Prefers sun
  • Deciduous
  • Height: 15-20 ft.
  • Width: 12-15 ft.
  • Hardy to -10°