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Crape Myrtle Varieties for

Jacksonville | St. Augustine

Florida Landscape

 

  Whether you visit North Florida for summer vacation or your a more permanent resident, you just cant help but notice the Crape Myrtles. They are literally everywhere, from the highways and parking lots to the quiet corners in the backyards, they really are everywhere they are stunning!

  The blooms tend to start to put on their display towards the end of May and just keep getting better as the summer progresses. For the Jacksonville and St. Augustine area garden nothing will give you a better flower show than Crape Myrtles in the summer. We love them and it shows.

    With so many selections available there is a perfect cultivar to fit just about any garden space big or small. All they need is a nice sunny spot and a little tender loving care to get them going.

    Here at S & J Nursery we currently have in stock over 14 selected named varieties. Each one specifically chosen for one of its unique characteristics like the stunning flowers we are all so fond of in a wide array of colors, or its height, growth rate, shape and don't forget about pest and disease resistance. Crape Myrtle trees have come a long ways in the world of plant hybridization with vivid reds and deep purples, maroon or burgundy new growth, orange red or yellow fall color and my personal favorite absolutely beautiful peeling bark that adds such great interest in the fall and winter seasons.

  Ask two people a question about Crape Myrtles in their gardens and I guarantee you will get contradicting answers! Try it ... Lets pick a simple one...Do Crape Myrtles grow fast? Someone will tell you yes and someone will tell you no. And guess what.... they are both right.

    Each selection has its own unique characteristics from the color of the blossom, the time the blossoms start blooming and the time that they finish blooming the color the foliage changes in fall before it falls off of the tree in winter, the height when mature ( 6ft or 30 ft, that's quite a difference), the shape the foliage takes naturally ( weeping , rounded or vase shaped ) the color of the bark... it just keeps going.

    Choosing the right Crape Myrtle tree for the right space is crucial to its overall success and your happiness with your tree long term. Not to mention the maintenance and unnecessary pruning you can save yourself by having the right plant for the right place. For instance, if you put a lagerstroemia Muskogee where you want a small tree for right in front of a window and you will quickly have a nightmare on your hands, but put a lagerstroemia Catawba in that same space and it will be a life long love affair.

  Well, I love Crape Myrtles and I want you to as well so...here are a few tried and true varieties for the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area gardeners landscape, we have broken them out into categories to attempt to simplify your search for the perfect selection of lagerstroemia. Whether you want a shade tree that grows 30 feet tall to be a dominant feature in the overall curb appeal of your home or you just want a little blooming tree for your patio to sit and enjoy the butterflies there is a Crape Myrtle variety that is right for you.

 

S & J Nursery Smaller Sized Crape Myrtles for Smaller Spaces

Lagerstroemia Acoma Crepe Myrtle ( white weeping )

Lagerstroemia Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle ( white with a pale pink center )

Lagerstroemia Pink Velour Crape Myrtle (

Lagerstroemia White Chocolate Crepe Myrtle ( white )

 

S & J Nursery Medium Sized Crape Myrtles for North Florida Gardens

Lagerstormia Dynamite ( Dark Red Crape Murtle flowers)

Lagerstroemia Peppermint Red Crape Myrtle ( red and white bicolor blossom that may appear pink form a distance )

Lagerstormia Red Rocket ( Dark Red Crape Murtle flowers)

Lagerstroemia Sioux Crape Myrtle ( bubble gum colored pink )

Lagerstroemia Tonto Crape Myrtle ( raspberry red or hot pink color often described a fuschia )

Lagerstroemia Zuni Crape Myrtle ( deep rosy purple )

 

S & J Nursery Large Growing Crape Myrtles for Big Shade Trees

Lagerstroemia Muskogee Crape Myrtle ( lavender that ages to a light pinkish tinged lavender)

Lagerstroemia Natchez Crape Myrtle ( white )

Lagerstroemia Tuscarora Crape Myrtle ( salmon red color often described as bright or hot pink )

 

Don't Care How Big Your Crape Myrtle Gets?...

S & J Nursery's Lagerstroemia / Crape Myrtles

Grouped By Color

 

   A little side note of explanation, some varieties of Crape Myrtle will be listed in more than one category of color based on my many years in the field growing and selling Crepe Myrtle's. I have found that color tends to be a very relative thing when it comes to gardeners and what is listed and sold as RED may very well be to some gardeners just be all out PINK.

  And then there are those that may have more than one color to the petals, for instance the Burgundy Cotton Crepe Myrtle is listed as a white bloom, but often referred to as a pink,  if your looking at it from a distance or from right up close you'll pick up a soft pale pink tinge to the blooms. And I cant even tell you how many times I have had a customer come in looking for the pink colored Crepe Myrtle their neighbor has and leave with the lavender Muskogee, the older blossoms just appear to be pink from it's 20 ft high up in the air viewing point, especially the aged blossoms will take on a pinkish tone and loose the lavender look.

  I said all of that to say this, No I am not color blind, I do however admit to being just a hare bit crazy....maybe that explains it all!  I'm just not here to judge the colors of the Crape Myrtles by a box of Crayon's, so I have listed them in as many categories as may fit. Feel free to let me know if you think I missed one. :) I hope it helps...

White Crape Myrtles for North Florida Landscapes

 Lagerstroemia Acoma Crepe Myrtle ( white weeping )

Lagerstroemia Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle ( white with a pale pink center )

Lagerstroemia Natchez Crape Myrtle ( white )

Lagerstroemia White Chocolate Crepe Myrtle ( white )

 

Pink Crape Myrtles for North Florida Gardens

Lagerstroemia Burgundy Cotton ( white with pale pink center )

Lagerstroemia Pink Velour Crape Myrtle ( vibrant deep pink )

Lagerstroemia Sioux Crape Myrtle ( bubble gum colored pink )

Lagerstroemia Peppermint Red Crape Myrtle ( red and white bicolor blossom that may appear pink form a distance )

Lagerstroemia Tonto Crape Myrtle ( raspberry red or hot pink color often described a fuschia )

Lagerstroemia Tuscarora Crape Myrtle ( salmon red colored often described a s bright or hot pink )

 

Red Crape Myrtles for North Florida Landscapes

Lagerstroemia Dynamite Crape Myrtle ( actually red )

Lagerstroemia  Red Rocket Crape Myrtle ( true red, reddish version of Crayola's version of red available )

Lagerstroemia Tonto Crape Myrtle ( raspberry red or hot pink color often described as fuschia )

Lagerstroemia Tuscarora Crape Myrtle ( salmon red color often described as bright or hot pink )

Lagerstroemia Peppermint Red Crape Myrtle ( Actually red colored mixed with white on the blossoms, bicolor petals )

 

Lavender and Purple Crape Myrtles for North Florida Gardens

Lagerstroemia Catawba Crape Myrtle ( deep darkest color purple available )

Lagerstroemia Muskogee Crape Myrtle ( lavender that ages to a pinkish lavender in the sun and often described to me as light pink)

Lagerstroemia Zuni Crape Myrtle ( deep rosy purple )

Lagerstroemia Lipan Crape Myrtle ( deeper lavender color )  

 

Bi-colored Blooms on Crape Myrtles for North Florida Landscapes

Lagerstroemia Peppermint Red Crape Myrtle ( actual red and white bicolor blossoms )

 

Check out this great link from the  UNIVERSTIY OF FLORIDA'S INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES for more information on Crape Myrtle varieties for the Jacksonville | St. Augustine Florida Landscape.