Semi dwarf crepe myrtle

White Acoma Crape Myrtle Trees – $6 each – Grown in quart Containers 1-2 feet tall – Shipped in packs of 4, 6, 9, 12, and 16

Description

Acoma White Crape Myrtle Tree

  • Flowers all summer long
  • Grown in quart containers – Approximately 1 foot tall when shipped
  • Home grown in the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas by Crape Myrtle Guy in Waxahachie, Texas
  • Shipping restrictions to western states: CA, WA, AZ, OR, NV
  • Best grown in southeastern states: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York –
  • Hardiness zones 6-10
  • Crapes will need winter protection in northern states
  • Shipped in original containers – Container trees can be planted ANYTIME of the year
  • Crape Myrtle Trees are especially tolerant of summer heat
  • Drought Tolerant Tree – Small trees grow much faster than the mature trees
  • Crepe Myrtles will easily grow 3-5 feet a year – Often double in size during spring growth
  • Most are single trunk – Crapes will naturally grow into multi trunk tree of bush – Easy to train or prune as single or multi trunk tree or bush
  • Super easy to plant – Single post hole digger works perfectly – No special soil needed – Dig, plant, and water
  • Simple planting and care instructions included
  • Super fast response and communication

S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing

in the Northeast Florida Landscape

Crape Myrtle Acoma Preferred Exposure:

– Full sun is needed for Acoma Crape Myrtles to grow and bloom properly.

Acoma Crape Myrtle Foliage | Bark:

– Large green deciduous foliage of the Acoma Crape Myrtle turns a beautiful reddish purple in the fall before falling off the tree for winter.

– Bark of the Acoma Crape Myrtle is a beautiful mottled gray color and smooth textured.

Acoma Crape Myrtle Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:

– Acoma Crape Myrtles do well in most soils providing they are well draining.

Acoma Crape Myrtle Size Variance:

– Acoma Crape Myrtle is one of the smaller growing selections and will only grow up to 10 feet high and 15 feet wide.

– Use Acoma Crape Myrtles where you have limited space that a larger species would not be well suited to or you would have to trim back all of the time to keep it in scale you can still allow this variety to grow to its full potential without all the fuss.

Crape Myrtle Acoma Growth Habit:

– Crape Myrtle Acomas growth habit is finally something to sing about! The arching branches form an almost weeping habit particularly when laden down with big heavy blooms, giving the tree its uncharacteristic and unique appearance. Very pretty landscape specimen for foundation plantings and flower borders.

Crape Myrtle Acoma Growth Rate:

– Crepe Myrtles growth rate is tied to its mature growth size, 30 ft tall Muskogee Crepe Myrtles will grow very quickly but Catawba that has a mature height of only 12 ft is much slower growing. Since this one is only 10 ft at maturity….yep its not so much with the fastness. But it makes up for its slower growth rate with its unique weeping habit.

Acoma Crape Myrtle Bloom:

– Acoma Crape Myrtle blooms large white cluster flowers on the ends of semi weeping branches.

Crape Myrtle Acoma Water Requirements:

-Crape Myrtles trees are drought tolerant after they are established in the landscape but will need to be watered well after planting for two weeks to three months in the establishment period depending on the size of the tree being planted and during prolonged periods of drought after established in the landscape.

Butterfly or Bird Attracting:

– n/a

Best Uses For Crape Myrtles:

– Few trees make quite the statement in the landscape that a Crape Myrtle can. They bloom for months with little care on our part to keep them looking spectacular. Its little wonder they hold such a place in our hearts and in our gardens.

– Plant them alone as a specimen accent or in groups for added dramatic flare. With so many varieties, colors and sizes to choose from, no southern garden should be without at least one!

– Crepe Myrtles are the perfect touch of color when inter planted in hedge rows for privacy screens or property borders.

– Low maintenance and drought tolerant once established, Crepe Myrtles make excellent commercial plantings for parking lots and street trees.

Care of Crape Myrtles:

– Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.

-They will need good water during the establishment period and supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers.

– All Crepe Myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring for best bloom.

– Take care to remove basal suckers and small twiggy growth each year on larger specimens and remove crossing or touching branch growth as well as branches growing towards the center rather than the more desirable growth that grows out and away from other branches.

– During the summer growth season you can choose to trim old blooms and your Crepe Myrtle will put out a second lighter and slightly smaller bloom to replace it and prolong your bloom season.

– Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.

– Fertilize each spring with a heaping shovel of compost or a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree.


Check out these links to other great Crepe Myrtle Selections

offered at S & J Tree Farm and Nursery

Burgundy Cotton Crape Myrtle

Catawba Crepe Myrtle

Muskogee Crape Myrtle

Natchez Crape Myrtle

Pink Velour Crape Myrtle

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Sioux Crape Myrtle

Tonto Crape Myrtle

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

White Chocolate Crepe Myrtle

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Acoma Crapemyrtle in bloom

Acoma Crapemyrtle in bloom

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Acoma Crapemyrtle flowers

Acoma Crapemyrtle flowers

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Height: 8 feet

Spread: 8 feet

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Hardiness Zone: 6b

Other Names: Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This variety is one of the first mildew resistant crapemyrtles with a semi-dwarf semi-pendulous habit; incredible pure white florets bloom luxuriously all summer long for a constant stunning display; may suffer from chlorosis in alkaline soils

Ornamental Features

Acoma Crapemyrtle is draped in stunning panicles of white frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Acoma Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Acoma Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Acoma Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub 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 leaves 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.

Acoma Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a ‘thriller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag – this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Horticulturist Recommends Semi-dwarf Crape Myrtles In The Landscape

News You Can Use For July 2005

More varieties and sizes of crape myrtles are available than many people realize. One group of crape myrtles being used more because of its smaller size and excellent flowering performance is the semi-dwarf, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings.

Semi-dwarf varieties normally have slower initial growth rates than medium and large varieties. These smaller plants reach heights of 10 to 12 feet and fit better into today’s smaller residential lots. Some recommended semi-dwarf crape myrtles include Acoma, Tonto and Sioux. All are hybrids and were released from the United States National Arboretum.

Acoma is a beautifully shaped variety, Owings says. The canopy matures to a weeping, umbrella shape on a 12-foot-tall tree. White flowers start appearing in early June in south Louisiana and continue for 70-80 days. In LSU AgCenter studies, powdery mildew, a major disease in crape myrtles, has not been significant. The bark of Acoma crape myrtles exfoliates after five to seven years.

Owings says Tonto is a nice semi-dwarf with red flowers. Plants reach 10 to 12 feet, although some people have reported heights of 14 to 15 feet. This variety is more upright-growing than Acoma. Disease resistance is also good for this variety.

Sioux produces hot pink flowers and is probably slower growing than Acoma or Tonto. It is similar in growth habit to Tonto and has good resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew.

“Try some of these semi-dwarf crape myrtles,” Owings advises, adding, “You will be pleased with the results, and you can keep these plants at a manageable size to work for you in your landscape.”

Crepe myrtle – Lagerstroemia Acoma

Lagerstroemia ‘Acoma’ – crepe myrtle

/> DESCRIPTION: Crisp white flowers bloom during summer on this deciduous upright growing shrub, perfect for feature planting. Vigorous growing variety with smooth grey bark. Resistant to powdery mildew.
USES: Ideal for feature planting, hedge planting, smaller gardens, and large containers.
LOCATION: Plant in a full sun position in the garden grouped with our other crepe myrtle varieties for loads of summer colour.
CARE: Water regularly during the first 8-12 weeks until the plant is established, then during dry periods until the plant develops a trunk. Drought tolerant. Prune in autumn following leaf drop for prolific summer flowering and a dense growth habit; or deadhead after first flowers to keep an elegant shape and encourage a second flower flush. Fertilise using a slow release fertiliser twice yearly, thrive in clay soils.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 3.5m H x 3.5m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm in height including the pot height of 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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