Tips for growing a crepe myrtle

Published on 08 March 2022

A crepe myrtle street tree with pink blooms

It seems our community loves crepe myrtle trees, judging by the steady stream of enquires we receive about them - especially this time of the year when they are in full bloom.

For those who live in the City of Tea Tree Gully, you’ll see varieties of this small deciduous tree (Lagerstroemia indica hybrids) growing in Civic Park and along Smart Road, Modbury. 

They are a popular choice when it comes to street trees as they are hardy, need minimal water once established and have vibrant blooms over summer, followed by autumn leaf displays.

They will grow up to eight metres in height and have a spread of up to four metres.

You can plant them at any time of the year if you’re prepared to water regularly. However, it’s best to plant them from mid-autumn through to early spring.

Apply a slow-release fertiliser when planting and surround with mulch for further protection.

They grow well in full sun and in most soil conditions.

Visit your local plant nursery to find a species to suit your garden. 

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