crepe myrtles in less than full sun

behaviorkelton(7-ish)August 6, 2007

My region (east tn) is very hilly with tall trees surrounding the property. Their are spots in my yard that probably get 5 or 6 hours of sun per day, but that's beside the point.

So crepe myrtles are known as full sun trees, but I'm thinking of experimenting with putting a few in less than full sun places.. like maybe 3 hours full, and the rest dappled.

What can I expect under these conditions? Should they do fine?

Natchez crepes (crapes?)are the type I'm considering.

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kimka(Zone 6B)

My crepe myrtles are in half day sun and do very well blooming each summer in late July/August. I do think they have stretched a bit taller, seeking light than they are supposed to, based on the standard heights for these varieties. They are also a bit less full than full sun planted trees. But I'm willing to take the bloom amount I'm getting with the sun I have.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2007 at 10:12AM
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You will probably want plant a mildew resistant variety. I have one that is semi-shaded and it begins blooming much later than those in full sun, but it has been healthy enough.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 7:21PM
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I have two Natchez Crape Myrtles in shaded area, where they may recieve 2 hours of bright Sun daily, and they both do quite well.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2007 at 3:05PM
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