Like other Crape Myrtles, the Catawba is used as an ornamental tree, providing 3 seasons of interest from late spring to early fall.
The Catawba Crape has an extended flowering season lasting long into the fall. In spring, gorgeous purple flowers bloom, forming cone shaped clusters. In fact, the Catawba is one of the best purple flowering trees you can find!
The leaves surrounding these large, beautiful purple clusters are also bright and colorful. The foliage of the Catawba Crape Myrtle is green from spring to summer, enhancing the beauty of the purple flowers. In the fall, shades of orange and red attract the eye. Even in the winter it brings a pleasant sight. Like most Crape Myrtles, the Catawba has a peeling, cinnamon colored patched bark.
The Catawba Crape Myrtle is a small flowering tree. When matured it is 12 ft tall and 10 ft wide, forming a round dome shape. The Catawba thrives in full sunlight and rich, well draining soil.
The Catawba Crape Myrtle is great for small groupings or as a single specimen. Plant it next to a boulder for a simple but stunning impact. It is perfect for small yards or tight spaces that need help standing out. You can use this Crape for corners of your home or to anchor other structures. Plant one on both sides of an entry way or near your patio or outdoor gathering area if you are looking for a little shade while enjoying your company. No matter how you choose to display this tree, it will surely brighten up your landscape.
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|Type||Flower Color||Bloom Time||Zones||Height (ft)||Width (ft)||Growth Rate|
|Black Diamond Best Red||Red||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Blush||Light Pink||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Pure White||White||July to Oct||7 - 9||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Catawba||Violet Purple||July to Late Sept||7 - 9||15||12||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Coral Magic||Salmon Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Dynamite||Cherry Red||Early July to Oct||7 - 9||15 - 25||15||2 - 3ft/yr|
|Muskogee||Lavendar||Jun to Oct||7 - 11||25 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Natchez||White||June to Oct||7 - 10||20 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Pink Velour||Deep Pink||Early July to Sept||7 - 10||8 - 10||10||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Plum Magic||Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Purple Magic||Dark Purple||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Red Rocket||Red||July to Oct||6 - 9||20 - 30||15||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||10-15 Feet|
|Mature Width||6-10 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'|
Questions and Answers
How To Care for your new Catawba Crape Myrtle
Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Catawba Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Catawba Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9. We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.
These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Catawba Crape Myrtles grow up to 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Catawba Crape Myrtle is resistant to Powdery Mildew.
Landscape Ideas for your Catawba Crape Myrtle
Catawba Crape Myrtles will look great anywhere in your landscape. The violet purple flowers are sure to brighten up your yard. Mature size is up to 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide so be mindful of this when choosing a spot for your tree. Catawba Crape Myrtles look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point. This Crape Myrtle will also look great framing your front door or the front entrance of your driveway. Plant 1 on each side and watch your house turn into a home. Another stellar look for these smaller crape myrtles is a grouped hedge. You will love the color and beauty this will add to your yard Planting about 10 feet apart can even provide some subtle privacy in spring, summer and fall.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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