S & J Tree Farm and Nursery’s Guide to Growing
Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle
Trees in the Northeast Florida
( Lagerstroemia ‘Burgundy Cotton’ )
Crape Myrtle Burgundy Cotton Preferred Exposure:
– Full sun is needed for Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtles to grow and bloom properly in the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area gardens landscape.
Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle Foliage | Bark:
– Beautiful deep burgundy colored new growth matures to a deep burgundy tinged green
in the summer time, the perfect offset for these delicate pink tinged white blossoms.
Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:
– Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtles do well in most soils providing they are well draining.
– Crape Myrtles are not known to be salt tolerant and should not be planted in areas where salt spray will reach them from the ocean or where highly saline water is used for irrigating.
Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle Size Variance:
– Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle is one of the smaller growing selections and will only grow up to 6-12 feet high and 5 feet wide.
– Use Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtles where you have limited space that a larger species would not be well suited to or you would have to trim back all of the time to keep it in scale you can still allow this variety to grow to its full potential without all the fuss.
Crape Myrtle Burgundy Cotton Growth Habit:
– Upright rounded growth habit forms a pretty crown of blooming foliage.
Crape Myrtle Burgundy Cotton Growth Rate:
– Due to its small mature size Burgundy Cotton is a slower growing selection of lagerstroemia.
Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle Bloom:
– A delicate pink tinged white blossom with rose colored flower buds, there’s just something about the color of these blooms that remind me of a cherry trees blossoms. Absolutely beautiful and the photo just doesn’t do it justice. If your looking for a more subtle color that doesn’t scream at you from down the street or just a softer look to your Crape Myrtle this is the one for you!
Crape Myrtle Burgundy Cotton Water Requirements:
-Crepe Myrtles trees are drought tolerant after they are established in the
landscape but will need to be watered well after planting for two weeks to three months in the establishment period depending on the size of the tree being planted and during prolonged periods of drought after established
in the landscape.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
Best Uses For Crape Myrtles:
– Few trees make quite the statement in the landscape that a Crape Myrtle can. They bloom for months with little care on our part to keep them looking spectacular. Its little wonder they hold such a place in our hearts and in our gardens.
– Plant them alone as a specimen accent or in groups for added dramatic flare. With so many varieties, colors and sizes to choose from, no southern garden should be without at least one!
– Crape Myrtles are the perfect touch of color when interplanted in hedge rows for privacy screens or property borders.
– Low maintenance and drought tolerant once established, Crape Myrtles make excellent commercial plantings for parking lots and street trees.
Care of Crape Myrtles:
– Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.
-They will need good water during the establishment period and supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers.
– All Crape Myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring for best bloom.
– Take care to remove basal suckers and small twiggy growth each year on larger specimens and remove crossing or touching branch growth as well as branches growing towards the center rather than the more desirable growth that grows out and away from other branches.
– During the summer growth season you can choose to trim old blooms and your Crape Myrtle will put out a second lighter and slightly smaller bloom to replace it and prolong your bloom season.
– Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.
– Fertilize each spring with a heaping shovel of compost or a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree.