At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Lythraceae
Latin Name: Lagerstoemia x Muskogee
Foliage: Bright green
Fall Foliage: Red, yellow, and orange
Bloom: Lavender to pink
Bloom Time: July to September
Shape: Vase-shaped with rounded crowns
Bark: Exfoliating, light gray and tan
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 6 to Zone 9
Size: 15 to 30 feet
Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Scientifically defined as the Lagerstroemia x Muskogee, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle belongs to the family Lythraceae. Like the Natchez Crape Myrtle, this is a deciduous shrub with bright green foliage and a 6-9 hardiness rating. Vase-shaped with rounded crowns, it is similarly prized for its lush and lovely blossoms, which are typically pink or lavender in color, and which bloom from July to September. Its leaves turn gorgeous bronze and scarlet shades in the winter, while its smooth tan-gray bark exfoliates annually to reveal silvery and shiny inner layers.

Though native to Asia, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle was introduced to the southern United States over 150 years ago. Today it can be found throughout nearly all the states that border the eastern, western, and southern borders of the United States, reaching from Oregon to Delaware, and spreading inwards to landlocked states such as Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nevada. Dubbed “crape” due to its crinkly crepe-like petals, and called “myrtle” due to the leaves’ resemblance to the “true” myrtle (myrtus communis), it is a plant historically and mythically thought to signify beauty, chastity, and royalty; it was favored by brides-to-be and by Chinese emperors alike.

On average, this shrub spreads out 10-20 ft. and reaches an approximate height of 15-30 ft. It thrives with full explosure to sunlight and in medium well-drained soil. Also agreeable for group planting, the Muskogee Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice for landscape decoration and for creating hedges or for decorating borders. It has a high tolerance against disease, mildew, and drought, which can be problematic in warmer climates. The Muskogee Crape Myrtle can also thrive in contained spaces and in urban gardens, provided that it receives adequate amounts of sunlight and is occasionally watered.

“Knowst thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket’s gloom, where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, and the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose.” –Johann von Geothe

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