Natchez Crape Myrtle Tree

Product Description

This fast growing tree has blooms all summer long, has smooth, dark cinnamon brown exfoliating bark and has a bloom period for a whopping 110 days. This makes the Natchez crape myrtle tree cultivar an incredibly popular addition to landscapes everywhere!

The Lagerstroemia Natchez has glossy, dark green leaves that turn vibrant orange and red in fall. Beforehand, its pure white, soft textured flowers bloom from early summer to mid summer and can even last until early fall. Flowers heads appear in early spring before the beautiful white flowers.

The fast growing Lagerstroemia indica tree makes an excellent specimen tree, accent, or group planting. The white blooms will enchant anyone during the spring and summer growing season.

Planting Crape Myrtle

The Natchez white crape myrtle tree grows best in a sunny spot with rich, moist soil but will become more drought tolerant in dry locations in your landscape just as well once it becomes established. Make sure it is well drained soil.

This amazing shrub or small tree is resistant to many pests and diseases and is also powdery mildew resistant. The National Arboretum in Washington, DC developed these crape myrtles.

The Natchez Crape myrtle size can grow up to be 25 t0 30 feet tall at maturity. The growth rate is up to 1-2 feet per year and it can grow very fast!

Plant this crepe myrtle in full sun across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 7-10. It is slightly cold hardy in the Southern states. Dig a hole the size of the root ball and place the top of the root ball into the hole. Back fill the hole with native soil or amended soil. It is a good idea to mulch heavily with organic matter such as peat moss or compost.

Natchez Crape Myrtle Care

Natchez crepe myrtle tree will arrive rooted in soil in its nursery container. Remove excess dirt around root ball before planting to encourage new growth. A slow release fertilizer will help if applied annually during the growing season to promote flowering and root development. It will also help protect against diseases like sooty mold and leaf spot.

Remove any suckers that appear at the bottom of the tree’s brown bark to encourage a central leader. Remove spent flowers to encourage more growth. Avoid crape murder – a process of over-pruning that ruins the sizes and shapes of full size crepe myrtle trees. Learn how to properly prune a crape myrtle tree.

Water regularly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.

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Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide for more information on growing and cultivating these gorgeous flowering trees!

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 25-30 ft
Mature Width 15-25 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9, 10 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attractive white blooms
  • Exfoliating, cinnamon colored bark
  • Fall color
  • Fast growing

Shipping Info

Once your Natchez 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.

upside down test

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.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing 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

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.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

NATCHEZ CRAPE MYRTLE CARE:

Natchez 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

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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 Natchez 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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  1. Crape Myrtle Mary

    I love my new crape myrtle tree from perfect plants! Perfect addition to my crape collection.

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  2. Carol

    Natchez is the most beautiful white crape myrtle, if you have room for a large tree. This cultivar reaches 30 feet and about 15-20 ft. wide. It has a weeping habit that is especially beautiful when the tree is in bloom. Natchez blooms from early summer through fall, usually flushing twice until frost. The leaves turn bright yellow with some red and orange too. The peeling bark in winter add real interest and the new beautiful smooth cinnamon bark is great for winter interest.

    If you have a two story building and plant the tree within 5-10 feet of the foundation, you will have beautiful blooms in your upstairs windows. We owned a two story apartment building and the upstairs apartments were breathtaking when the crapes were in bloom. Natchez also makes a beautiful allee.

    I can’ t say enough about this lovely tree. A smaller white crape with similar weeping habit is Acoma. It only grows 8 to 10 feet tall and is also very beautiful.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Carol, thank you for this amazing review of the natchez crape myrtle. They truly are remarkable trees and we are so happy you are pleased :)

  3. Cynthia Lopez

    The Natchez crape myrtle is so gorgeous! So glad I decided to put one at the front of my driveway. Arrived in perfect condition and quickly!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      You will be amazed at all the blooms once this tree gets established. It is one of our favorites! Enjoy

  4. Margaret H. (verified owner)

    I usually don’t give reviews but I couldn’t be happier with my beautiful, heathy tree or the customer service.
    I very much look forward to purchasing more plants from this nursery.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Margaret, thank you for your kind review of the Natchez crape myrtle. We are so glad you are pleased with your new crape myrtle tree and cant wait to help you grow your garden even more!

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