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Muskogee Crepe Myrtle: TN Nursery sells hundreds of crepe myrtles annually, but the hands-down customer favorite pick is the Muskogee crepe myrtle. The vibrant lavender to purple flowers provides luscious, vivid color that will brighten up the mid-summer landscape.
The blossoms are long-lasting, displaying outrageous color for four to six weeks. Despite its height (up to thirty feet), the Muskogee crepe myrtle is a shrub, not a tree.
Gardeners also love this shrub for its easy-care nature. All you will do when you receive your sapling is find a nice, sunny spot, fertilize it, and give it about an inch of water per week. Watch how fast it will grow!
For starters, the Asian native species is well-adapted for growing in the moderately warm USDA growing zones. It is a particular favorite of gardeners in the southeastern United States.
It is also a resilient, healthy species. It's both cold-hardy and heat-hardy, which likely lends to its prevalence in the upper south, which experiences sub-freezing overnight winter temperatures and blistering heat during the summer. It's also resistant to pest damage, disease, and mildew.
The cheerful purple color spreads across the southeastern region during the peak summertime heat. That's when enormous clusters of dainty lavender to purple florets emerge. These large clumps of flowers create the look of a single, vast flower.
If you don't prune it, the crepe myrtle has multiple upright branches that form a sprawling shrub shape. However, some gardeners choose to prune the shrub during its first few seasons, encouraging it to grow straight, tall, and tree-like
The glossy, oval, two-inch green leaves are bountiful. They are numerous and thus create a lush and shady canopy.
The bark is light gray, and while it's not entirely smooth, it is not rough, either. The bark sheds yearly, peeling from the trunks in the late summer.
Those stunning red crepe myrtle flowers become a blessing for birds: one-inch or smaller brown fruits that will release many seeds.
Pollinating insects find the lovely purple blossoms highly attractive. You will almost certainly see many species--bees, moths, dragonflies, and butterflies--enjoying the nectar your Muskogee crepe myrtles provide.
After worms and insects retire for the winter, birds have difficulty finding sustenance. Those brown fruits are an ideal food source. Watch the birds flock to your crepe myrtle to open the pods and feast on those seeds.
You will be satisfied when you order your Muskogee crepe myrtle from TN Nursery--we pride ourselves on supplying our customers with the most vigorous plants.
Purple Crepe Myrtle: Despite its up to twenty-foot height, Lagerstroemia, or the crepe myrtle, is a deciduous shrub. It is a TN Nursery gardener's favorite--we sell hundreds of crepe myrtles in myriad colors every year.
They bloom during the mid-summer months when most flowering trees have finished blossoming for the season. That makes them perfect when paired with earlier-season bloomers.
Lagerstroemia is a species native to Korea and China, but American gardeners have since adopted the use of this shrub thanks to its extraordinary and abundant blossoms. Today, you will find it showing off in the warmer USDA growing zones, especially in the southeastern states.
Lush, profuse lavender to purple blooms dot the landscape throughout the south in the summer months. Dozens of tiny purple florets comprise a large, appear like one enormous flower.
Besides the gorgeous blooms, the crepe myrtle has other intriguing characteristics.
The multi-branched shrub has lovely branches with slight dips and turns. It creates a beautiful silhouette. When the shrub is young and growing, gardeners can train it to grow tall and straighter or let it meander into a more natural state. Neither option is right or wrong. That boils down to preferences.
The leaves are a perfect medium green hue, oval, and under two inches long. Shrubs become thick with these lovely leaves, providing welcome shade from the summer heat. The canopy is wide and spreading.
The bark is light and has a slightly rough texture. It renews by peeling during the summer, especially after the blossoms fade.
Crepe myrtle flowers give way to brown pods under an inch in size, each containing dozens of seeds. As the leaves change and drop in the autumn, the pods stay on the branches.
Cardinals, finches, and other wintertime feathered friends will crack open the pods and eat those seeds. These pods are a vital food source, as insects, worms, and other nutritional sources are unavailable.
TN Nursery grows robust purple crepe myrtles--order yours today, and we will dig and ship it to you.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
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