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Natchez White Crepe Myrtle
Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia induce x fauriei "Natchez"
Hardy Zones: 7-10
Growth/Year: 3 to 5 feet per year
Height: 20' to 30' high
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Soil Requirements: Drought tolerant and adaptable, but prefers a rich, moist soil
Blooming Season: June through September
Sun: Full Sun
Appearance: White delicate flowers
The Natchez White Crepe Myrtle is a beautiful flowering tree that exhibits lovely white blooms for you to enjoy from June all the way through to September. A truly spectacular tree with striking clusters of flowers, there are many other attractive features that are worth mentioning. The glossy, dark green foliage which is a dramatic contrast to the delicate white blooms of summer, changes to a reddish-orange shade in the fall. When the delicate clusters of flowers have said their farewells to summer, they also change, yielding to an earthy, brown-toned fruit. Even the bark is showy, and it peels off in layers very similar to the layers of birch trees.
Originally from Asia, this unusual tree is now naturalized in the southeastern part of the United States. More than any other type of crepe myrtle, however, this one is also highly resistant to powdery mildew and aphids. This is good news for professional gardeners, but also for those just starting out. This is because it is challenging to treat most diseases caused by powdery mildew successfully.
Another definite selling point of this tree is that it is naturally resistant to breakage. As a result, it requires very little pruning to encourage the growth of a sturdy structure. If pruning is done at all, it is best to do it in late winter or early spring before new summer growth appears. It is much easier to see the natural shape of the tree then, as well as which branches need removing.
Even though this particular myrtle prefers fertile, moist soil, it is very adaptable, and it accepts clay and alkaline soils very well. It looks impressive in a large area, but it is equally capable of growing in limited soil spaces. This makes it an excellent choice for adding drama and beauty to urban areas, parking lots and other small pavement cutouts.
In short, if you want a tree that is showy all summer long, hardy against diseases and aphids, resistant to breakage, easy to tend and drought tolerant, then this plant is an excellent choice.