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. The Arapaho crape myrtle grow rate is very fast!
PLANTING LAGERSTROEMIA ARAPAHO RED
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 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!
Once your Arapaho 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.m 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.
ARAPAHO CRAPE MYRTLE CARE:
Arapaho 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 Arapaho 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 7, 8, 9
Nice tall healthy tree. Very satisfied.