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crape myrtle

Posted by dolores57 z5 abq.n.m. (My Page) on
Wed, May 31, 06 at 19:39

I would like to know if anyone knows of a cold hardy crape myrtle. I have seen them in Abq but I am in los lunas near the river and I think I am in zone 5. I fear it is too cold here for them. I did hear about some that were developed at the university od Kanas that were more cold hardy but have not been able to find any info on them.

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RE: crape myrtle

I've grown one called 'Tonto' through three winters now, here in Canon City CO/zone 6, but it has died back down to the ground each year. It has a bark mulch around it and I pile some more around the base in the fall to try and keep the ground from freezing too much. It's back up to about two feet tall now and I expect some flowers again in late August/September, pretty late but that's the best it's done so far. We had a mild Fall followed by a relatively abrupt cold snap to minus 12 in early December, so I was just glad to see it come back up this Spring.

There are some others with Native American-sounding names - 'Zuni' and 'Hopi' come to mind, that are supposed to be extra-hardy too. Many times the trick with marginally hardy plants is to baby them through the first couple winters like with the extra bark mulch; then as they become more established they often get a little hardier. I still hope to get mine to the point where the stems near the base will survive, and give me a little bit more substantial shrub-like plant. We'll see...

RE: crape myrtle

This page has some great info about Crape Myrtle varieties.

Here is a link that might be useful: US National Arboretum

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