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 Natchez
Foliage: Bright green
Fall Foliage: Red, yellow, and orange
Bloom: White
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

Cherished as one of the loveliest ornamental trees, the Natchez Crape Myrtle is characterized by its hundreds of delicate white, pink, or mauve blossoms which unfurl from June until September. Fast-growing (typically 3-5 ft. per year) and tolerant towards a wide range of climates (in respect to other crape myrtles), the Natchez Crape Myrtle has a 6-9 hardiness rating. On average, this tree reaches a height of 15-30 ft. and has an approximate spread of 10-20 ft. The Natchez Crape Myrtle is scientifically classified as Lagerstroemia x Natchez and belongs to the family Lythraceae. It is native to China, Korea, and Japan, but today is also found throughout North America. As a deciduous plant, the Natchez Crape Myrtle sheds its bright green leaves and blossoms; its leaves turn brilliant gold and orange shades in autumn. Vase-shaped, with rounded crowns, this tree is also prized for the brightness and texture of its bark, which is smooth, sleek, and sheds every year. Typically a smoky gray or light tan in color, the bark may also display rich cinnamon-brown undertones, giving it a cheerful appearance even in the depths of winter.

These trees favor medium, well-drained soils, and full sunshine. It’s generally recommended to not over-fertilize Natchez Crape Myrtles, as this can reduce blooming as well as their exposure to sunlight, which is necessary for their growth but also essential to ward off diseases and mildew. They are best pruned—selectively—during the spring. Natchez Crape Myrtles are often included in landscapes as specimen plants, since they can thrive in more confined spaces and can be easily clustered to beautify borders or create hedges.

With its graceful rounded canopy, lush long-blooming flowers, colorful bark and leaves, and reasonable size, the Natchez Crape Myrtle is a favorite choice for decorating yards throughout the nation.

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