Lagerstroemia indica 'Natchez'

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Lagerstroemia indica (Natchez Crepe Myrtle)

Natchez Crepe Myrtle

Grows best in full sun and will tolerate some drought and a little salt. This plant will grow in dry soil. Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy, sandy or clay. The pH preference is an acidic to alkaline (less than 6.8 to more than 7.7) soil. 'Natchez' grows best with rich, moist soil but will tolerate less hospitable positions in the landscape just as well, once it becomes established. However, plants left on their own in highway medians appear to be less vigorous unless ample mulch is applied and maintained out to the drip line. The best plants are often located in irrigated landscapes. Plants defoliate in severe drought but new foliage and flowers typically emerge when summer rain returns. Older bark streaks beautifully.
Flowers are produced for about 90 days on this cultivar. This is one of the most popular cultivars. Flowers are produced for much of the summer lasting more than 100 days in some years. This tree is best when left to grow into a tree and not hacked back each year. It grows well in limited soil spaces in urban areas such as along boulevards, in parking lots, and in small pavement cutouts if provided with some irrigation until well established. They tolerate clay and alkaline soil well. This plant is considered mostly allergy free and causes little or no allergy problems in most people. 'Natchez' is one of the few cultivars well suited for the southern portion of Florida.


Height
25-35 Feet

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Spread
20-30 Feet

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USDA Hardiness Zone 7A to 10A

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes
Deciduous
Exposure
Sun
Growth Rate
Medium
Habit
Upright
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Average
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