From The U.S. National Arboretum… HYBRID, NON-STOP FLOWERING HARDY CRAPE MYRTLES
Flowers the FIRST YEAR! Survives –23° WINTERS!
Crape Myrtles have long been admired in Southern climates for their summer-long display of romantic, lilac-like blossoms, easy-care and drought tolerance. Now—after 10 years of selection by the US National Arboretum, the government has released a series of amazingly hardy, disease-resistant hybrid Crape Myrtles that have intensely colored flowers, blooming continuously all summer until fall frost in mostly shades of red and pink.
Resistant to mildew disease that discolor other crape myrtles, the spear-shaped leaves retain a lush, glossy, dark green appearance throughout summer. Even the bark is beautiful—mottled light and dark brown. Plants will survive freezing temperature—even in northern cities like Boston. They thrive in a wide range of soils, coast-to-coast from Massachusetts to Florida.
HARDY Crape Myrtles are so vigorous and so much more eager to bloom than older varieties—FLOWERS THE FIRST YEAR! Even in severe winters plants will survive by going dormant. As soon as a spring warming trend begins, the hardy roots will send up new flowering branches, for spectacular repeat flowering year after year. Colors range from watermelon-red to pale pink.