The Muskogee Crape Myrtle tree’s lavish light lavender blooms and incredibly fast growth rate make it hard to say no to this beautiful tree!
The lagerstroemia indica Muskogee Crape Myrtle boasts delicate light lavender pink flowers that have a bloom period of up to 120 days. The glossy green leaves turn bright red in the fall before falling off for winter as all deciduous trees do.
The Muskogee crape myrtle bloom time is in early spring and flowers will start opening up in late spring to early summer. The shiny light gray cinnamon-colored bark of the trunk is hidden by mottled exfoliating bark layers.
Crape Myrtle Muskogee Care
Crape Myrtles have an exceptionally fast growth rate and in 15 to 20 years the Muskogee tree reaches a height of 30 feet tall and up to 20 feet wide. It has a massive trunk caliper. This small flowering tree can easily grow 3-5 feet per year and can double in size in the first 5 years of planting as a young tree.
The Muskogee crepe myrtle prefers full sun and well drained soil and is very drought tolerant after being established. Be sure to fully water in its container pot down to the root system before planting. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball during the winter or early spring growing season will help encourage new lavender flowers.
The grows as a shrub or small tree and is very low maintenance. It is tolerant of clay soils, sandy soils, and is powdery mildew resistant. Plus it's deer resistant! Grows across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9.
Shop the Muskogee Crape Myrtle for sale for your newest landscape statement piece!
Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide for more information on planting and growing these fast growing trees. Growing Crape myrtles is easy, fun, and rewarding!
You can learn how to prune a crape myrtle to keep the dark green leaves thriving year after year.
Check out the National Arboretum for more information on Crape Myrtles developed in Washington, DC.
Once your Muskogee Crape Myrtle Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order. Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.
MUSKOGEE CRAPE MYRTLE CARE:
Muskogee Crape Myrtles can tolerate minimal shade, but flowering and growth will be most ideal in full sun. They grow well in most average, well-drained soil types and are quite drought tolerant but should be watered regularly during their first year until established.
Blooms develop on new growth; so spent blooms should be trimmed to allow a second or even third blooming, depending on the length of the season in your zone. Suckers, or branch growth that develops at the base of the tree should be removed. Heavier pruning of the branches themselves should be avoided until the tree is 3 or more years old unless branches are crossing one another or growing toward structures. In which cases, they should be removed at their base.
Click here for our more extensive Crape Myrtle Grow Guide
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Muskogee Crape Myrtle, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
I planted my Muskogee in late June of last year- on a pretty exposed ridge in north central WV- in zone 6b, but I can literally see zone 7 from my house. I shielded it with a burlap cylinder over the winter- a bit of the late season growth died back but it started the spring leafed out about 24" up so it didn't die back to the ground as I'd feared. As of today, the leaves on it are changing and it's over 7' tall in its first full season. it failed to bloom this year (maybe a good thing, as it got to devote an entire season to getting well established), but soil testing says I'm way deficient in phosphorus so I'll address that in the spring. I grew up in Greensboro, NC so I'm trying to duplicate some of the plants from my boyhood. I've also got a Bracken's Brown Beauty Magnolia from Perfect Plants, also planted last year, that doubled in height and bloomed this year. Before these purchases, I had two very nice phone conversations about the realistic odds of making a go of the plantings with the folks at Perfect Plants, and I'd rate the experience as the best I've gotten from a nursery I wasn't actually visiting in person! -Craig Bolton, Belington WV
Very happy with the two Muskogee Crape Myrtles that we purchased. They arrived nicely packaged and very healthy. They have also grown a few inches. Thanks, Perfect Plants!
This Muskogee crape myrtle looks fabulous in my front yard!