The crepe myrtle is one of Hampton Roads’ favorite trees with its tolerance to the summer heat and its gorgeous blooms that can last almost one-third of the year! While these trees bloom mostly throughout the summer into the fall, you can enjoy them all year-round with their dome-shaped canopies, interesting trunk shapes, smooth bark, and foliage that changes with the seasons.
For Crepe Myrtle Days this year, we have compiled a list of our top 5 crepe myrtles of 2021!
Catawba Crepe Myrtle -
This variety displays large, long-lasting clusters of dark purple blooms. This color is vibrant and impactful in any landscape. The catawba foliage is bronze in the spring, bright green in the summer, and vibrant orange-red in autumn. The catawba is also mildew-resistant, which is great for more humid areas and landscapes. The catawba develops a nicely shaped, naturally rounded, dome as it matures. Pruning may be required for any crepe myrtle to prosper. To learn more, check out our video of Mike, the Garden Guru on Pruning 101 for some helpful suggestions.