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on: August 03, 2019, 04:36:52 PM
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Homegrown Hillsborough: Crapemyrtle

What is the best time of year to acquire and plant crapemyrtle?


Any time of the year works. Be sure to follow proper tree planting techniques. Give young plants water in the spring when new leaves are forming, if there is little or no rainfall.


What types of crapemyrtle are grown commercially here?


Natchez (white), Muskogee (lavender), Tuscarora (light red, deep coral), and Arapaho (deep red). Some cultivars have foliage that's burgundy to black.


Where is crapemyrtle most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?


At wholesale nurseries in South and East County


How many acres are planted with crapemyrtle?


About 50


How many crapemyrtle saplings are shipped from Hillsborough County nurseries annually?


Thousands


Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief, crapemyrtle plants do not need to be pruned heavily. Indeed, some gardeners call this practice "crape murder."


Local insight: Crapemyrtles are a staple crop among Hillsborough County plant and tree farmers.


Uses for crapemyrtle: The plant comes in various sizes and shapes, from dwarf varieties to those reaching more than 20 feet. It blooms prolifically throughout the summer.


More information about Florida crapemyrtle


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