Crape Myrtle - Southern Living™ Miss Frances

Lagerstroemia indica
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-9


Miss Frances is a new introduction from the Southern Living™ line with three seasons of breathtaking color. It produces lustrous green leaves with dark red flowers with an extended flowering season from late June until August. Miss Frances displays a round, spreading growth habit with large flower heads near the tips of the branches. New growth starts off with a reddish/light green tint, and darkening as it ages. Miss Frances also displays a beautiful, maroon, foliage in the autumn. The mature bark of Miss Frances is a greyed-orange color. This plant is suitable as an ornamental flowering tree or can be mass planted for a flowering hedge. At maturity, it can reach a height of 15 feet and a width of 8 feet.

USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
MORE INFORMATION: Crape Myrtle Growing Guide


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We are now offering $15 flat rate shipping for all tree orders! Replacement tree shipping cost will be $15 per box. We still cannot ship to some states and US territories based off the Agricultural Laws that may be in place. Please see below for all exclusions. 

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Houseplants: Can ship to California and Arizona. 
How to Plant
STEP 1) First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully what kind of sun, soil, and growing-space your tree or shrub will need.
STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.
Care Guide

To help crape myrtles retain water, mulch with organic matter 2-3 inches deep, making sure to keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Water regularly until established. Remove dead branches any time and prune weak branches back in the spring in order to encourage a strong and productive tree.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Marla Noseworthy

I am a novice with growing a Crepe Myrtle but I love the lookout a mature tree. I live in Zone 7, for reference, and planted my tree last fall. How can I tell if it is alive? When should I expect leaf buds to sprout? Please advise.


June Jones
Looking Great!

These plants arrived looking very healthy! So far, they have continued to look great! They seem to be acclimating very well to this area.

Judith Salvo
Southern Living Miss Frances Crepe Myrtle

Beautiful foliage! We just planted the tree a few weeks ago and it isn’t blooming yet but it is very healthy and we can’t wait to see it bloom. It arrived packaged so very carefully. I highly recommend Plant Me Green! Excellent quality, very quick delivery. We are very happy.

jeffery woodard
Great looking trees

All three trees arrived in timely manner. One had blossoms. I planted trees the same day and the blossoms held are continuing to blossom

William Wimer
Crepe Myrtle

Was surprised that it had two trunks, it appears to be in shock.