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Crape Myrtle Arapaho

Crape Myrtle Arapaho


Description: The 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle is a deciduous flowering shrub or small tree that is prized for its abundant clusters of vivid red flowers that bloom from mid-summer to early fall. The flowers are held on long panicles and have crinkled petals, creating a striking display against the backdrop of glossy green foliage. In addition to its beautiful blooms, 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle also features smooth, peeling bark that reveals shades of tan, cinnamon, and gray, adding winter interest to the landscape.

Size: 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle typically grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 meters) and spreads of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) at maturity. However, individual plants may vary in size depending on factors such as growing conditions, climate, and pruning practices. 'Arapaho' has a compact, upright growth habit with a rounded canopy, making it suitable for smaller landscapes, borders, or container plantings.

Best Growing Zones: The 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle thrives in warm, temperate climates and is best suited to regions with USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10. It is tolerant of heat, drought, and humidity, making it well-suited to the southeastern United States. 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle may also be grown in protected microclimates in zone 6 with proper winter protection.

Soil and Sun Requirements: 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle prefers well-drained soil with good fertility and adequate moisture retention. It thrives in full sun exposure, which is essential for promoting vigorous growth and abundant flowering. Adequate sunlight also helps enhance the intensity of the flower color and promote compact growth. 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle is relatively tolerant of a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Maintenance: 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle is relatively low-maintenance once established. It benefits from regular pruning in late winter or early spring to remove dead or diseased branches and to promote a tidy, compact growth habit. 'Arapaho' Crape Myrtle blooms on new wood, so pruning encourages the development of fresh growth and more abundant flowering. Avoid heavy pruning or pruning in late summer, as this can reduce flowering the following year.

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