Crape Myrtle


A small, flowering tree that will provide shade when fully-grown, the crape myrtle not only has wonderful, showy flowers that can range from white to deep purple, it also has smooth, ornate bark that peels as the tree gets older. Many varieties were developed right here in DC at the U.S. National Arboretum – where many crape myrtles may be found.

Size and Light Requirements

Crape myrtles needs full sun – the sunnier and hotter the better. They can reach 20 feet tall in 20 to 30 years.

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You can get up to $50 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

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All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

Hideya Hamano, Dinesh Valke, Ryan Somma, Courtney McGough, Virginia Sanderson