Crepe Myrtle or Crape Myrtle

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by kirk1701, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Guys I'm thinking of three White Crape Myrtle's to go across the front of the house. As I research I'm seeing the two names come up is there a difference or used interchangeably?

    Also, want the tree not the bush.
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    "Crepe" myrtle is the proper way to spell that.
     
  3. coolbrze

    coolbrze LawnSite Member
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    It's commonly spelled both ways. For a white CM, Natchez grow to ~20 tall & are nice specimens.
     
  4. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    The Natchez, white is what I'm looking at ;)
     
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Kirk,
    Violin or Fiddle.............Vase or vase...........Engine or motor.........It depends on where you are around the Mason Dixie Line.
    I really hate to hear the phrase motor relating to an engine by the way.

    The white Crepe Myrtle is beautiful but in my area, it isn't hardy enough to endure the odd weather patterns. The red, dynamite, pink is the best for my area.
     
  6. Lagerstroemia indica...that will end the discussion. Common names are just that, common.
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  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    We have some of the pink up around the house we bought from henryfields last spring, going to get some more next spring to add to the ones up near the house as the others seem to have done real well and we like them

    The ones up near the house will provide some shade for the house eventually.

    Found a nursery locally to get some white ones 4 feet tall for about $35 each and hopefully, unlike the dogwoods that died the Crape Myrtles will uptake iron in the clay soil.

    The whole area is clay and dogwoods are everywhere and so are the crape myrtles. My luck they will die out too "knock on wood". :laugh:
     
  8. rreyn1812

    rreyn1812 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How close to the house?? Our state horticulturist doesn't recommend any closer than 5 feet from the house. I don't think there is any difference between the "bush" and "tree," but to obtain a "tree" style you have to prune them properly and consistently to get them to grow the way you want. That being said, if I want a "tree" style, I try to select one that is already growing generally the way I want (with only one or two major trunks). It then becomes easier to "train" them. I did the same thing with pretty good luck on a couple of the Natchez white varieties that I planted in my front yard.
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Natchez trees up well. I have one about 10 foot from the house and it shades well.

    I trim lower limbs and can walk under it. It is starting to get a litte crowed by my Red Oak. However the Red oak is getting crowdered by the house, drive and street so I am not sure how much bigger it will get.
     
  10. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Actually, I put them way too close to the sidewalk, LOL but are about 10 feet away from the house. If I knew I wouldn't put them through a shock I'd dig the 3 we have up and split the difference between the hose and sidewalk. These aren't big, 10" high when we set them out in the spring.

    I've been wondering how to tell the difference between the tree and bush so that's the trick ey? Thanks. The 10" ones we got from Henry Fields do just have one trunk right now so will be easy to train.

    Ok great, and the ones next to the sidewalk are the 10" we got so that will solve that problem now. [​IMG]

    http://www.henryfields.com/product/Hardy-Crape-Myrtle/flowering_trees

    By the way, what do you recomend fertilizing them with?
     

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