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Arapaho Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Arapaho'

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Arapaho Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Arapaho') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Arapaho Crapemyrtle flowers

Arapaho Crapemyrtle flowers

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Arapaho Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Arapaho') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Arapaho Crapemyrtle in bloom

Arapaho Crapemyrtle in bloom

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle


This stunning ornamental shrub or small tree produces volumes of brilliant red frilly blooms in summer, followed by maroon-red fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border; zone 6 root hardy only

Ornamental Features

Arapaho Crapemyrtle is covered in stunning panicles of red frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive dark green deciduous foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn red in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Arapaho Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Arapaho Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Arapaho Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features