S & J Tree Farm and Nursery’s
Guide to Growing
White Chocolate Crape Myrtle
Trees in the Northeast Florida
( Lagerstroemia ‘White Chocolate’)
Crape Myrtle White Chocolate Preferred Exposure:
– Full sun is needed for White Chocolate Crape Myrtles to grow and bloom properly in
the North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area gardens landscape.
White Chocolate Crape Myrtle Foliage | Bark:
– Beautiful deep burgundy colored new growth and bright white blossoms make this
lagerstroemia selection an instant cottage garden favorite.
White Chocolate Crape Myrtle Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:
– White Chocolate Crape Myrtles do well in most soils providing they are well
– 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.
White Chocolate Crape Myrtle Size Variance:
– White Chocolate Crape Myrtle is one of the smaller growing selections and will
only grow up to 8-10 feet high and 5-6 feet wide.
– Use White Chocolate 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 White Chocolate Growth Habit:
– Upright rounded growth habit forms a pretty crown of blooming foliage.
Crape Myrtle White Chocolate Growth Rate:
– Due to its small mature size White Chocolate is a slower growing selection of
White Chocolate Crape Myrtle Bloom:
– A bright white blossom with rose colored flower buds.Very showy against the deep
purple tinged green leaves.
Crape Myrtle White Chocolate Water Requirements:
-Crape 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:
– Hummingbird 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.