LONG LASTING PURPLE-PINK BLOOMS
- In spring to summer, lavender-pink to purple flowers bloom
- Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
- Bark is smooth, cinnamon-colored that will peel to reveal a shiny light gray color
- Cold hardy, mildew resistant, and drought tolerant
- Perfect for mass plantings, privacy hedges, and entryway decoration
- Enjoy the colorful purple blooms for months on end
- Hand selected fresh from our grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
- Mature Height: 20-30' tall
- Mature Width: 10-15' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 5-10' apart
Why plant Muskogee Crape Myrtle?
Bring a little Southern hospitality to your front entranceway, pool, or patio with a Muskogee Crape Myrtle. This fast-growing ornamental tree will say, “Welcome to our home” with its frilly soft lavender-pink flowers over a long period in summer. In fall, it will often give a fond farewell to the summer season with a lavish display of red autumn foliage, too, and in winter it will show off its lovely smooth marbled trunks. In very mild-winter climates, Muskogee can become a 30-foot tree, so give it room to strut its stuff if you live in the Deep South.
André Michaux was born in 1796 in Versailles France and thanks to lessons learned from his father became, a gifted grower. After losing his beloved wife during childbirth just 11 months after they were married, Michaux was devastated. With a love of country, he devoted himself to the study of botany and was determined to make himself useful to France. In 1782, he traveled to the Middle-east. For three years he collected plants and seeds, enduring many hardships along the way. His determination did not go unnoticed and after arriving home was asked to lead an expedition to North America in search for new species of trees to rebuild depleted forests that were stripped during years of war. Appointed by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette in 1785, he set out for North America with a small group, including his now 15 year old son, François. For years Michaux explored a young America, shipping new plant varieties to France as well as introducing new plants to America such as Mimosa and Lagerstroemia.
How to use Muskogee Crape Myrtle in the landscape?
Covered in lavender pink, papery flower clusters in summer, Muskogee is just a beaut! A common fixture in Southern gardens, Crape Myrtle flourishes in warm, dry weather but this particular variety is one of the hardiest and will survive in more Northern temps as well. Just imagine a grove of these planted together - simply wonderful y'all!
Hardiness Zone: 6-9
How To Plant Muskogee Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtles love to bake in hot sun and clay soil. That’s why they’re a fixture in the South, where they’re sometimes called “Summer Lilacs.” In the North, they may die back in cold winters, often growing back from the roots. You’ll want to wait until spring to prune Muskogee. Luckily, Crape Myrtles bloom on “new wood,” meaning that if you do trim them in spring, you won’t be cutting off any flower buds. After a spring spruce-up, Muskogee will still bloom its heart out in mid to late summer.
How To Water
Once established, Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant and can survive on natural rainfall. Young plants should be watered once or twice weekly. Check soil about 3 inches down, if soil is dry than it is time to give your tree a great drink.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Thin out young Crape Myrtles 3-4 main branches. Then, after the wonderful blooming in spring, clip the tips of the branches.
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to be delivered.
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