Enjoy breathtaking bright red blooms and dark green foliage all summer long with this southern gem, the Arapaho Crape Myrtle tree. Sometimes called crepe myrtles!
This flowering tree was developed by the National Arboretum for increased powdery mildew resistance and drought tolerance. It features deep cherry red summer blooms and maroon-tinged foliage plus offers a brilliant fall color starting when the temperatures drop .
The Arapaho tree has an upright, spreading habit with beautiful, showy bark — great as a street tree where it can be seen. Can get up to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide- while growing 2-3 feet a year. It has a very fast growth rate!
Plant in groups as mass plantings, as a hedge, or use as a small roadside accent tree or shrub. Prune for shape and structure after dark pink flowers appear. These are multi trunk, super easy to plant trees that grow well in the south. Driving through South Carolina you will see tons alongside the roads!
The Arapaho Crape Myrtle grows best in full sun but will tolerate some shade, and is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions and is drought resistant once established. Grow across the United States in USDA zones 7-9.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment and it will become very tolerant to drought. A slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball once per year in early spring will help with flowering.
Shop the Arapaho Crape Myrtle for sale. It is easy to grow, disease resistant, and will make a great small tree.
Check out our crape myrtle grow guide!
- Showy flowers
- Pest & disease resistant
- Attractive bark
- Fast growth rate