The Crapemyrtle was introduced in the US in the mid-1700’s from China. This is certainly a poplar tree for Atlanta landscapers as typically an accent plant.  It can be planted alone (specimen) or in a cluster (3-5 usually work best).

Their flower color varies from white to pink to purple or dark red and blooms in the summer.

Size

Numerous variaties ranging from dwarf up to 20-25′ in height.

Location

Full sun.

Top Reasons to Plant

  • Hearty for Georgia’s sometimes extreme weather swings.
  • Color into late summer.
  • Lower height.
  • Great bark color.

Common Diseases

    • Powdery Mildew.  This looks like cottony white colored patches on new leaves and tender shoots. It typically appears a month or two after leaf-out and may continue to intensify into early summer.  Management may consist of protective fungicides applied shortly after leaf-out. They need to be continued at intervals specified on the product label.  Additionally, spacing of trees will help to improve air circulation around the foliage helps to slow the spreading of the disease.  Also disposing of fallen leaves may help.
    • Cercospora Leaf Spot.  This appears in summer and greatly detracts from the beauty of the tree. Diseased leaves are often twisted and distorted.  They do not appear until late June or early July and premature leaf drop begin as early as mid-August. By early September trees have lost 50% of their foliage.  The disease is caused by a fungus (Cercospora) and the best control option is to plant a cultivar that is disease resistant.  If not, there are fungicides that should be applied in mid-June to early July, when the symptoms first appear. Applications should continue as specified on the label.  Often drip or surface irrigation may be preferable to overhead sprinklers as watering the tree directly in late afternoon intensifies the development of the disease.