White Crape Myrtles

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Natchez White Crape Myrtle with round canopy and pendulous blooms. Reaches 30 to 35 feet.  Along with the orange colored Tuscarora the Natchez White Crape Myrtle holds the most popular top spot for a Texas Crape Myrtle.

Natchez White Crape Myrtle

Beautiful Natchez White Crape Myrtles has been pruned up but you can see the beautiful arching canopy of a single Natchez white.

  • Natchez White Crape Myrtles are ‘careful’ bloomers.  They take their time showing their full display.
  • Natchez reaches 25.
  • Kiowa shares the characteristics of the Natchez but reaches 30 to 35 feet.
  • Acona shares many of the features of the Natchez with white pendulous blooms but reaches only ten feet tall.
  • Townhouse Crapes bloom before Natchez reaching 20 feet tall with whiter, fluffier blooms.

National Arboretum White Crape Myrtles

The three white crape myrtles introduced by the USDA National arboretum have pendulous branching, exquisite pannicles, lovely cinnamon bark and are descendants of L. fauriei (which makes them mildew resistant).  The National Arboretum crapes have Indian Tribe names:

  • Kiowa – reaching 30 to 35 feet
  • Natchez – reaching 25 to 30 feet
  • Acona – reaching 10 to 12 feet

Natchez White Crape Myrtles

Natchez White Crape Myrtle

Natchez White Crape Myrtle grove blooms after Townhouse.  The grove of Natchez crape myrtles show the heavy pendulous blooms on pliable arching branches demonstrate why this is the most popular crape myrtle in Texas.

 

 

I have a second theory concerning the popularity of  Natchez White crape myrtles and why they are so popular in Texas!  Men, yep, men.  Men seem to take charge of tree planting and choice … my statistics show that all the “Tree” category of pages on this website are viewed by men.

I think men prefer the white to the colored crapes for many reasons.  Additionally, crapes are often chosen to blend with the brick and stone colors of homes.  White always works!  No matter my theories, white crapes are the most popular color and Natchez crapes are truly beautiful.

Natchez white crape myrtles flank the door.  These will reach thirty feet in height in Texas.

Natchez white crape myrtles flank the door. These will reach thirty feet in height in Texas.

Natchez White Crape Myrtles can actually reach almost 25 feet in Texas when mature.  While the stated growth is 25 feet a well cared for Natchez White Crape Myrtle can exceed that height.   The important distinction between the Kiowa and the Natchez is  the forking in the branching begins much higher in a Kiowa than in a Natchez.
At about age three years the Natchez White Crape Myrtle will spread its canopy and begin to make a full arch.  You can expect a well watered and cared for Natchez White to reach at least 25 feet in height and become a profuse bloomer.

Natchez white crape myrtles flank the door.  These will reach thirty feet in height in Texas.

Grove of Natchez White Crape Myrtles with pendulous blooms and round arching canopies.  Actually this home owner might have been happier with a Kiowa for a driveway arch than Natchez White Crape Myrtles.

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The Natchez White Crape Myrtle is an early bloomer.  Blooming just after Bashan’s Party Pink, which is the first Crape Myrtle to bloom in Texas.

High Cotton Crape Myrtle

High Cotton White Crape Myrtle

High Cotton White Crape Myrtle:  upward branching reaching forty feet in height or more.

White Cotton White Crape Myrtle: upward branching with large white pannicles

Sarah’s Favorite: upward branching with large white pannicles.  Much like High Cotton but reaches only 25 feet in height.

Kiowa White Crape Myrtle

Natchez White Crape Myrtle

Kiowa White Crape Myrtle with blooms on pendulous branches.  The forking in the branching begins higher with the Kiowa than with the Natchez.

Townhouse White Crape Myrtle

Townhouse White Crape Myrtle

Townhouse White Crape Myrtle. Upright growing flowers with fluffy white pamnicles reaching upward – does not have the pendulous look of the blooms on the leafy branch.

These Townhouse White Crape Myrtles planted with dwarf red canna lilies are a wonderful combination.

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Townhouse White Crape Myrtles with lovely dwarf canna lilies planted below. This is a classic combination. Crape myrtles allow sufficient sunlight to allow the canna liiies bloom.

Townhouse White Crape Myrtles

Beautiful grove of Townhouse White Crape Myrtles. What a beautiful entrance!

Byers White Crape Myrtle

Byers White Crape Myrtle blooms before Natchez which can be seen in the background.
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Byers White  Crape Myrtle in front of two Natchez White Crape Myrtles. This is an excellent example of the difference in the bloom time between the two Crapes , the growth structure, the shade of white and the actual blooms. The Byers White Crape will have fluffier white blooms, bloom earlier, bloom closer to the ground and not grow as tall as the Natchez White. These crapes were planted at the same time. A Byers White will grow 20 feet tall and have grayish bark. A Natchez will reach 30 feet or more and a Kiowa can exceed 30 feet.
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Byers White Crape Myrtle to 20 feet with fluffy white panicles.

Acona White Crape

Acoma Crape Myrtle Texas
Acoma Crape Myrtle Texas reaches ten feet tall with pendulous branching and large fluffy white panicles.  This is a National Arboretum Crape.
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 Natchez White Crape Myrtle (more)

A beautiful fow of Natchez White Crape Myrtles. This row of mature white crape myrtles represents the distance you may chose to plant your crape myrtles from one another. If you want to enjoy the full umbrella arching canopy this may be too close.

A beautiful fow of Natchez White Crape Myrtles. This row of mature white crape myrtles represents the distance you may chose to plant your crape myrtles from one another. If you want to enjoy the full umbrella arching canopy this may be too close.

A beautiful fow of Natchez White Crape Myrtles. This row of mature white crape myrtles represents the distance you may chose to plant your crape myrtles from one another. If you want to enjoy the full umbrella arching canopy this may be too close.

A beautiful row of Natchez White Crape Myrtles.

Natchez White Crape Myrtle in Texas

Natchez White Crape Myrtle in Texas with the beautiful arching umbrella and room to expand!

White Natchea Crape Myrtle trained on a single trunk known as a ‘standard’.  You can train any crape on one trunk.  The disadavantage is with multiple trunks, if one trunk is diseased or dies the other trunks may survive.  It is easy to train any crape into a standard with staking.

Natchez White Crape Myrtle

Natchez White Crape Myrtle pruned into a single trunk. This is known as a standard. You can purchase these or create a standard single trunk crape myrtle yourself. Select one trunk, stake it and allow it to grow! The downside to a standard crape myrtle is that if one trunk dies, the entire tree dies, though crape myrtles come back beautifully from their roots.

Natchez white crape myrtle on single trunk, known as a standard.

Natchez white crape myrtle on single trunk, known as a standard.

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Beautiful arch of Natchez White Crape Myrtle on a single trunk, known as a ‘standard’ white crape myrtle.

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Beautiful arch of Natchez White Crape Myrtle with multiple trunks.

Fantasy White Crape Myrtle

Fantasy White Crape Myrtle reaching 50 Feet Tall

Fantasy White Crape Myrtle easily exceeds 50 feet tall.  One of the tallest crape myrtles.

Fantasy White Crape Myrtle

Fantasy White Crape Myrtle: one of the tallest crape myrtles.

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