Crape Myrtle AcomaScientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Best Planted In Zone: 6-9
The Acoma Crape Myrtle is perfect if you want a small, low-growing crape myrtle for your yard or garden. The Acoma reaches a height of only about 10 feet. It is very hardy and has a high mildew resistance. The tree blooms are snow white and are recurrent so you can enjoy them for weeks and weeks; they bloom in the summer and again in the fall. Overall, the Acoma experiences about 90 days of flowering. In the fall the leaves turn a purple-red. The Acoma is semi-weeping and prefers full sun. It is hardy in Zones 6-9. USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
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First, decide on a planting location. Pick a nice sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole about three times as wide as the root ball. Place the potted plant in the hole to make sure the hole is large enough. Make sure the top of the root ball is even with surrounding soil. Then remove the pot and place the plant back into the hole. Fill in around the roots with the soil, using your foot to firm it. Spread mulch 2 inches deep over the top. Make sure to water thoroughly using a hose not a sprinkler. Fertilize a new crape myrtle in early spring, beginning in March or early April. Add 1 teaspoon of a general-purpose fertilizer once a month until August, spreading the fertilizer evenly over the soil around the plant. Mature crape myrtles need to be fertilized in early spring when the plant begins to actively grow and again in early summer to encourage blooming.
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.