Plants for Summer: Trees
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Natchez'
Common name: Crape Myrtle
Zones of hardiness: 6 to 9
Height & width: 21’ high and wide
Leaves: Opposite, in whorls of three, glossy, deep green, rounded at the base; 1 ½ to 3” long and ¾ to 1 ½” wide
Origin: a hybrid introduced in the US
Developed by the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., the Natchez is a popular Crape Myrtle cultivar in the DC metro-area and is equally high in demand. Its blooming season spans from late June-July to September. It is a multi-stemmed shrub or tree with cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark and glossy dark leaves that typically turn a bright yellow hue in autumn. Natchez grows in clay soil, full sun, is drought-resistant and tolerant to powdery mildew. It can be planted as a street tree, in public spaces such as parks, along highways and as a specimen or in groupings.