Why Does My Crape Myrtles Have Two Different Color Blooms?

MidnightStormJuly 8, 2005

The last few years my Crape Myrtle tree has had white blooms. This year it has some white blooms and some light pink blooms.

I've never really liked the white blooms so I'm happy to see the pink ones. But I'm curious as to how this happened. Can the color of Crape Myrtle blooms be changed by different chemicals, fertilizers, or other additives (as in Hydrangeas)?

By the way, I LOVE the purple Crape Myrtles I occasionally see in other people's lawns around town. Does anyone know the names of any of the purple types of Crape Myrtles?

Thanks . . . and happy gardening!

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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

I just wish my Crape Myrtles would bloom!! They are always late though....thinking of fertilizing again - been several months (use MG Shake N Feed) - Dennis the Menace's rains can either wash it in, or wash it away i guess.

HEre's a link w/pics and descriptions of the various kinds...FYI....

Here is a link that might be useful: Clemson - Crape Myrtles

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 10:29PM
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Catawba is the darkest purple. Muskogee is the lavender...
Haven't ever heard of the Crapes changing color, but that doesn't mean it is impossible.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2005 at 11:33PM
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will_work_for_roses(z7 NC)

I have one that is light pink on one side and white on the other too. and it's not two different trees because you can trace up one limb and find branches for each color. I could never figure it out, but it's the hardiest thing. Had it at my old house and it was top heavy so it kept blowing over in its pot, therefore it never got any water.It lived like that for two years. As we were moving I threw it in the back of the moving van. It was very light because there was no dirt or water in the pot, only roots. Planted in real dirt, it quickly grew as tall as our second story. We call it our miracle tree.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 4:46PM
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I saw a crepe myrtle like this in dothan the other day - pink on one side and white on the other. I wondered if it was two growing together, although it didn't look like it. How cool - wsh my white ones would do some pink!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2005 at 10:22AM
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I have an azalea that does that every year, and a camellia where I used to work and also a rose. I think they call it a sport when it does that.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2005 at 7:38PM
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Dieter2NC(z7b NC)

Chances are that the nursery put more than one seedling in a pot, they do this to make the multi trunked look everyone likes, and got two diffenent varieties in together.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 7:26PM
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Also, the color of the blooms of some varieties will fade over time. Light pink to white is certainly possible.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 8:08PM
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I have a tree that has two color blooms and it is one tree.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 3:19PM
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Millie_36(Z6b MO)

Young cuttings will sometimes bloom out a different color the first time. Kind of a shocker...makes me think I got the tags mixed up and then they bloom the color they were intended to bloom. I have one dark red that bloomed out red with a pure white picotee...shame it went back to plain dark red. ;O) I think it would be neat to plant about 3 colors in the same planting hole....maybe pink white and lavender.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2005 at 5:28PM
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I bought and planted a crepe myrtle from a central Louisiana nursery, and bought it when it was in bloom. It was dark bright pink, and for several years after it bloomed as such. I have had it for about 15-20 years. I live in deep south Texas on the coast. For the past few years it has had a mix of bright pink and light pink-whiter blooms at the same time. It is only one trunk which branches at about 3 feet off the ground, and the blooms are evenly distributed, so I think it is something lacking in our soil. usually it tests at about neutral, where La. soil is usually acidic,or else I am bleaching the blooms with gray water. Which is what we use to water our yard freq.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 3:37PM
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