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Crape Myrtle Watermelon

Crape Myrtle Watermelon


Description: The Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" is cherished for its profusion of large, showy clusters of vivid pink flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. These blossoms often have a unique watermelon-like hue, hence the cultivar's name. The foliage of this variety is typically dark green, providing an attractive backdrop to the striking flowers. It usually exhibits a compact, upright growth habit, making it suitable for smaller gardens and landscapes.

Size: The size of the Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" can vary depending on environmental conditions and pruning practices. Generally, it grows to a height of about 8 to 12 feet tall with a similar spread. With proper care and pruning, it can be maintained as a smaller shrub or trained into a single-trunked tree form.

Best Growing Zones: The Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 9. It prefers warm, sunny locations and is relatively tolerant of heat and drought once established. While it can withstand occasional periods of cold weather, it may benefit from protection in colder regions or during particularly harsh winters.

Cultivation: Plant the Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" in a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers slightly acidic, loamy soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a strong root system, then reduce watering once the plant is established. Prune in late winter or early spring to promote healthy growth and prolific flowering.

Propagation: Propagation of the Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" is typically done through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Select healthy, vigorous stems and cut them into 4- to 6-inch sections, removing the lower leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide bright, indirect light until roots develop.

Landscaping Uses: The Crape Myrtle "Watermelon" is a popular choice for adding vibrant color and visual interest to landscapes, gardens, and streetscapes. It can be planted as a focal point in the garden, along property lines for privacy, or in mixed borders for seasonal color. Additionally, it makes an attractive container plant for patios, decks, and entryways, providing stunning blooms throughout the summer months.

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