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    Any Low Zone # Crape Myrtles here?

    Trying to determine the lowest zone crape myrtles are possible in? I was thinking about them in a Zone 6 and didn't think that was too outrageous. Is it?

    Past search turned up little for me. Thanks!

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    Oak
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    RE: Any Low Zone # Crape Myrtles here?

    I have some in 6b-7 here and they are fine.

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    RE: Any Low Zone # Crape Myrtles here?

    There are crape myrtles that are hardy down to zone 6 and in zone 5 they can be grow as a perennial which comes back every year from the roots and then blooms.

    Here are a couple that are hardy in zone 6 (there are probably several others also):
    Lagerstroemia indica 'Hopi'
    Lagerstroemia indica 'Velma's Royal Delight'

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    Oak
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    RE: Any Low Zone # Crape Myrtles here?

    I *know* Natchez does well through cold periods. Mine was planted last year and went through a much-colder-longer than Zone 7 usually has, was ice-coated a lot, and withstood many, many freezing winds (my bad) and quite a bit died off above ground. But after cutting it back hard (dead wood per se), it resprouted VERY vigorously, and has a few leaders at around 8' tall Rest of bush is averaging maybe 4-5' with some branchings, etc, but no flowerbuds yet as all the cooler rains/temps set things back. My other Crape, forget its name, but has short/pink-flowered, more bushy with same thing happening, but regrowth is average for species. Name is also one of the 'Indian' cultivars, fwiw. It is currently setting buds for flowers - late but good enough for me! I *highly* recommend some of the so-called Indian-named cultivars for their hardiness and disease-resistances as well. Other types are good too, but I am a fan of those in particular...

    Going for a drive or two around some parks and/or neighborhoods is always a good idea in this situation...with how popular and inexpensive overall Crapes are, *someone* should have a few somewhere if they are able to withstand the climate *there*. If there's absolutely none around, well, it *might* be the clue-phone ringing, or no one there has ever tried a Crape, though not likely

    Also, if you are into it, go gather a bunch of Crape seeds when they mature - VERY easy to sprout after startifying and can't get any more cost-effective, LOL. There's usually a lot of seeds left on them just pre-Spring when they are ready to plant. They do size-up pretty quickly, too, IME.

    HTH,
    Alex

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    Oak
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    RE: Any Low Zone # Crape Myrtles here?

    My "dynamite" red isn't quite as zone 6 hardy as Lowes thinks. Each of its 3 years its had a good amount of die back but looks great this time of year.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

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