Pink Crape Myrtle Shrub (Lagerstroemia indica pink selection)
Pink Crape Myrtle Shrub
If it’s pink, you’re in love with it. You’ll take it hot, shell, or baby. Any shade of pink is all right with you! And no wonder, after all, pink makes your complexion look good!
If pink is your thing, you should take a long look at our fabulous, ruffled blooms on our Pink Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica pink selection). The voluptuous clusters of vivid pink flowers last for months! With these pretty plants, you’ll always have a magnificent summer backdrop to pose against!
The Pink Crape Myrtle is a deciduous shrub that provides brilliant color all summer long! Plant one anywhere you’d enjoy an enduring splash of color, swarms of butterflies and even visiting Hummingbirds! Of course, you’ll want to grow these for their amazing, massive bloom display. Flowering starts in early summer and continues right into the fall.
Pink Crape Myrtle dazzles you with its incredible pink blossoms that appear as beautiful plumes at the tips of its branches. Dark foliage makes a wonderful, high-contrast foil to the flowers. Crape Myrtle leaves are bronze-colored when they first unfold in the spring. They’ll often age into yellow, orange and even red before falling late in autumn.
Even after the summertime heat fades, and the last of the leaves fall from the plant in fall, it still looks good. You’ll have that all-important winter interest with unique, round seed pods. Look forward to the cold season, when the fantastic, exfoliating bark is showcased. The color ranges in color from many handsome shades of brown to gray.
This plant is a perfect choice, whether you are a newbie or an experienced gardener. It grows cleanly and easily and offers a tremendous amount of interest in every season. It’s also incredibly versatile in the landscape!
Crape Myrtle is also very adaptable! You can prune it in many ways to suit your landscape’s needs. Once established, it shows good drought tolerance and is quite hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 through 10!
Enjoy the summer foliage for its beauty, and its screening power. Who couldn’t use a little more privacy? These make the most amazing living fences around your pool deck! In Zones 7 – 10, you can grow it in several ways. Keep the lowest limbs on and let it grow out as a large, shrubby privacy screen. Add a pop of color to your pool deck with several Pink Crape Myrtles in a gorgeous lineup.
There are many ways to use Crape Myrtles around your yard. Grow a single plant as a beautiful specimen. It’s also easy to grow Crape Myrtles as a large shrub to accent a part of your landscape. Use one at the corner of your house to anchor your foundation planting. Try it as a small tree near your patio seating. March a gracious row of these along your front sidewalk. Keep them large, and use them as backdrop in your garden border.
Create a hedge with several of them planted in a row as backdrops and as a pretty barrier along your property line. Please note that you can keep them trimmed as low as you’d like. Go big, or keep them waist-high with a quick clip in the late winter. For a hedge, plant 4 feet apart on center. You’ll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. Decide if you want a single stem trunk, or if you prefer the look of multiple stems. Select the stem(s) you’ll keep, and prune the lowest limbs off at that point.
In Zone 6, you may need to grow your Crape as a perennial. You can even grow them in large containers. If you get an extra cold winter, you’ll need to trim it to the ground. It will bounce back to 3 or 4 feet tall. Live in cold winter Zones 3 – 5? Try Crape Myrtle as a fabulous seasonal Thriller for your container gardens. Just get ready for the compliments!
Move the container into your garage or shed to over-winter, and pull it back out when spring rolls around again. You might get another season or two out of it! (So worth it for the to-die-for flowers!)
Create an effortlessly chic display with a series of matching large containers running the length of your patio. Add brightness to your Cottage gardens and create a gorgeous focal point in your front landscaping beds! Pink Crapes combine well with other colors. Why not try a lovely collection of several varieties from Nature Hills?
Easy care Pink Crape Myrtle lets you enjoy some summer downtime. The most important thing is to give it full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the more flowers!
Try to give Pink Crape Myrtle a planting site with good air circulation and receives direct sunlight in the morning. This is the drying sun and will quickly dry up any overnight dew. This greatly improves the plant’s ability to be resistant to powdery mildew. Use drip irrigation, too, not overhead lawn sprinklers.
Give Crapes a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Once their roots are established in your native soil, they’ll become drought-tolerant. However, you’ll really see the best flowering with an even amount of water.
Crapes perform best in well-drained soils. If you have heavy clay soil that stays wet for a long time after a rainfall, you’ll need to mound up. Bring in additional soil in a heaped mound that is 12 – 18 inches tall and 3 feet wide. Plant directly in that mound.
Jazz up your plantings with a 3-4 inch layer of mulch. Pull it back from around the trunk, but be liberal in the amount you use. Plants love mulch covering their root systems. It also ties the look of your planting together.
The massive pink flower clusters are born on the branch tips on new growth. You can prune to the correct shape before it starts growing in late winter or very early spring. During the growing season, this deciduous shrub produces clusters of charmingly frilly flowers that last for months. If they begin to fade, feel free to deadhead spent blooms, they will likely rebloom for you!
Pink Crape Myrtle has something to offer whatever the season, and it will certainly bring you enjoyment!
|Common name||Pink Crape Myrtle Shrub|
|Botanical name||Lagerstroemia indica pink selection|
|Height||10 - 20 ft.|
|Width||6 - 8 ft.|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|