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Crape Myrtle Acoma

Crape Myrtle Acoma


Description: The 'Acoma' Crape Myrtle is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a compact, mounded growth habit. It typically grows to heights of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) with a spread of 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) at maturity, making it an excellent choice for smaller landscapes, borders, and containers. The plant features dark green foliage that emerges in spring and turns vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow in the fall before dropping. In summer, 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles produce clusters of pure white flowers that cover the branches and last for several weeks, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. The flowers give way to small, round seed capsules that persist into the fall and winter.

Best Growing Zones: The 'Acoma' Crape Myrtle thrives in warm, sunny climates and is well-suited to USDA hardiness zones 7 through 9. It prefers full sun exposure and requires a long, hot growing season to produce the best flowers and foliage. 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles are sensitive to frost and should be protected from freezing temperatures, especially during the winter months. In colder climates, they can be grown in containers and overwintered indoors or in a protected location.

Soil Requirements: 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles prefer well-drained soil with good drainage and a slightly acidic to neutral pH level. They are relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefit from regular watering during periods of dry weather, especially during the growing season and when the flowers are developing. Adding organic matter such as compost or aged manure to the planting hole can improve soil fertility and structure.

Maintenance: 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles are relatively low-maintenance plants but benefit from regular pruning to maintain their shape and size and to encourage abundant flowering. Pruning is typically done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and thin out the canopy to improve air circulation and light penetration. 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles are relatively pest and disease resistant but may occasionally be affected by issues such as aphids, scale insects, or powdery mildew. These problems can usually be managed with proper cultural practices, such as providing good air circulation and avoiding overhead watering.

Landscape Use: 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles are valued for their compact size, abundant flowers, and attractive bark, making them an excellent choice for smaller landscapes, borders, and containers. They make beautiful specimen plants when planted singly or in small groups and can also be used as focal points, accents, or foundation plantings in gardens and landscapes. 'Acoma' Crape Myrtles are also suitable for planting along walkways, driveways, or patios, where their showy flowers and colorful foliage can be enjoyed up close. Overall, the 'Acoma' Crape Myrtle is a versatile and attractive plant that adds beauty, charm, and elegance to the landscape.

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