Catawba Crape Myrtle Tree

Big, Beautiful PURPLE Flowers

  • Small, flowering tree that will turn heads!
  • Goes well anywhere
  • We LOVE Catawba Crapes! 
  • One of our most popular :)
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Regular Price: $29.99

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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.

Great for up-lighting!

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Orange
Bloom Color Purple
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'

How To Care for your new Catawba Crape Myrtle Tree

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.


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

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.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the shipping map below.  Please note that shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  

West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex, UPS, or USPS.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when the carrier picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant! 

4.6 / 5.0
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beautiful crape!
My crape arrived in perfect condition. It's been in the ground for 7 months now and I thoroughly enjoyed its summer show!
November 5, 2015
very nice for the price.....they will gorw....
very fast and efficient service, packaged nicely and they even sent me an extra one since first one was a little smaller than 2 ft....overall very nice.....
July 29, 2016
1 year ago
Already Flowering And Not Fully Matured ??
August 8, 2017
2 months ago
Great Value
This Catawba Crape Myrtle tree arrived quickly, well packed
And in excellent condition. I look forward to ordering more
In the near future.
August 12, 2017
1 month ago
Purple crape Myrtle
Small . The color d o not look so deep purple more a dark lavender maybe next flowering season
September 23, 2016
1 year ago
Nice Tree
Very happy with the 10 catawba crape myrtles we ordered. They came well packaged and looked healthy.

I have other crape myrtle trees that I purchased from another company last year that were not as nice. Looking forward to purchasing again.
April 14, 2016
Love them!
Was nervous about buying without seeing but these arrived in great condition. Will definitely buy again!
July 16, 2017
2 months ago
Love the catawba crepe myrtles
The trees arrived the next day in a very sturdy box. Three trees were inside and I took them from their plastic wraps,(on the pots) and watered thoroughly. I plan on planting them tomorrow. This is my fifth purple catawba tree and I love them!!!! Thank you so much
July 28, 2017
1 month ago
Beautiful Catawba Crepe Myrtle
I sent this to my daughter as a gift. She said it had blooms on it. From experience, I know that The Planting Tree offers beautiful, hardy trees and shrubs. I send them as special occasion gifts, including bereavement.
August 25, 2016
1 year ago
Fast shipping, and arrived healthy.
I bought 5 of these. 4 are looking good. The 5th I'm nursing a little but hope it'll spring back as it looks a little sad. Overall, I love the crepe myrtle and the purple in particular.
September 4, 2016
1 year ago
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Why did you choose this? Store
Informative website, good selection,good reviews, lack of local options.
Sharon A on Sep 12, 2017
bought as a gift and hope she likes
Kimberly H on Aug 26, 2017
Informative website, good selection,good reviews, lack of local options.
Sharon A on Sep 12, 2017
for the color and size
Julia M on Sep 10, 2017
bought as a gift and hope she likes
Kimberly H on Aug 26, 2017
I chose this because I can plant it in the ground myself. Also, for the width and the height for shade for my front lawn. Its beautiful and doesn't take a lot of work.
Gloria A on Aug 24, 2017
Chosen for the color....
sandra l m on Aug 18, 2017
Price and color!
Lois W on Aug 3, 2017
Color and size
Todd S on Jul 29, 2017
Love the color! TIRED OF RED AND PINK!
Cora W on Jul 26, 2017
Gorgeous purple that no one else has
THERESA C on Jul 21, 2017
We just landscaped our yard and needed a tree to be the centerpiece of our flower bed.
We could not find this purple color locally.
Susan M on Jul 21, 2017
Compliments location
Loretta J on Jul 16, 2017
I love the tree. Gorgeous color!!
SUSANNA U on Jul 3, 2017
Hard To find and husband wanted one very badly.
Alysia C on Jul 1, 2017
Love the purple color of the flowers. I live in zone 6 - central ohio and am told that zone 7 crape myrtles die down and come back up next year after the winter. So hoping this plant will survive. I intend to plant it as soon as its delivered... which would be in the 1st week of June. Plus I don't need a tree, I just need a 5-6 feet high bush.
srikanth b on Jun 1, 2017
I've already ordered and received 4 of these and was so pleased, I ordered 2 more. They are difficult to find locally so I am very glad I was able to order them and get such a great product, so quickly. Can't wait for them to mature and bloom.
Darcey P on May 30, 2017
to match another tree.
Cheryl M on Oct 2, 2016
Because my wife like them. A happy wife makes a happy husband!!
Kenneth P on Sep 28, 2016
It will go with a shrub that is behind it that has small purple berries on it and that section of my garden also has various other purple plants. The other area next to it has yellow. I am trying to group colors as a theme.
Lynda D on Sep 27, 2016
I love the size and be cause of the color of the flowers... Been looking for a small tree that can be planted in a small backyard and make it more beautiful .
Blanca Munoz- M on Sep 27, 2016
I look forward to the magnificent purple blossoms

Eric M on Sep 27, 2016
Picked it for the color so I sure hope it is a deep purple
SALVADOR A on Sep 26, 2016
Crape myrtle is my favorite flowering tree, and purple color is lovely.
Tatiana L on Sep 22, 2016
I love the beautiful purple flowers!
Bridget M on Sep 14, 2016
Love the purple color I already have a lavender they will look good together
evelyne w on Sep 12, 2016
Large purple blooms
Eric S on Sep 3, 2016
I love the color. I hope it looks like the picture.
Roger A on Aug 27, 2016
The color & size
Michele J on Aug 27, 2016
Love the purple color
Nancy S on Aug 25, 2016
the color
debra a on Aug 25, 2016
Wanted purple tree.
Nina S on Aug 18, 2016
Pat S on Aug 16, 2016
Perfect color and a perfect tree .I can't stop myself from buying
Bernardita P on Aug 16, 2016
great gift for an anniversary!
Heidi M on Aug 10, 2016
I love the color.
Maryn C on Aug 8, 2016
Beauty for next to entry
Logan S on Aug 7, 2016
Reviews were good, trees look good and were cheaper than the local nursery
crystal S on Aug 6, 2016
Have one already and very pleased with it; so I want 2 more!!
Michael P on Aug 3, 2016
Purple was my mother's favorite color; plan to plant near her grave.
Sharon M on Jul 26, 2016
Love crape myrtles
Michelle C on Jul 25, 2016
I like lavenders and purples in my yard. Also when the deer come through they generally ignore the blueish tone plants. I also like practicing growing things, and I learned that Crape Myrtle can be encouraged to grow into a bush or a tree. I'm going to see if I can grow this into a tree. I live in high desert. Zone 7a Hope it does well in dry conditions? I will supplement w/water, but hope that it eventually can handle high winds and drought in summers.
Gwen K on Jul 22, 2016
for the beauty
Kenneth B on Jul 21, 2016
Like the color and height
Vickie M on Jul 20, 2016
Its beautiful color and the fact that it blooms for more than a week or so.
Erma R on Jul 19, 2016
for the color and size
Julia M on Sep 10, 2017
I chose this because I can plant it in the ground myself. Also, for the width and the height for shade for my front lawn. Its beautiful and doesn't take a lot of work.
Gloria A on Aug 24, 2017
when is the best time to plant a crepe myrtle tree? Also since it already July what is good to plant now that will come back and flourish next year?
Erma R on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Crape Myrtles can be planted at any time of the year. They are also very drought tolerant and will come back every year!
Are the additional shoots suckers or trunks?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It can be both. If you would like more trunks than what it currently has, leave a few and they will grow up to be another trunk. If you are happy with the existing trunks of the tree, prune them off from the bottom to let the existing ones become stronger and larger.
Will the crape myrtle survive cold winters?
Bobbie H on Jul 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They will survive in zones 7-9
How close to house can u plant?
Matt M on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 5 feet should give them plenty of room.
How wide/massive and deep are the roots? Will it grow in Las Vega, Nevada?
Rose B on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots are about average for an ornamental tree compared to a larger shade tree. Yes it will grow in Las Vegas.
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