KC Gardens

Crepe myrtle in KC?


What has been your experience with crepe myrtles in Kansas City? Everything in my neighborhood is dying or looks sick except a crepe myrtle in my neighbor’s yard. It looks fantastic. Is this year just so unusually hot that the crepe myrtle is doing so well? This is my fourth year here and I’ve never noticed them before this summer. - Suzan -


  1. 1 year, 9 months ago

    crepe myrtle is a zone 6 and higher plant which means it wants a warm or hot climate, not cold winters. as you know it does well in our area. they are on sale as of this week in many stores. I love them.you can get red, pink and white.

  2. 1 year, 9 months ago

    Crepe Myrtle is a great plant for our area. Just keep in mind it may winter kill to the ground in a harsh winter but is noramlly root hardy which means it comes back, normally after other plants.

    Add some summer color with this great plant.


  3. 1 year, 8 months ago

    I have crepe myrtles in my garden and have found them not to be affected by this hot summer. Some varieties are better suited to our area. I particularly like “Pocomoke”. It is a small deep pink shrub. The “filli” group of crepe myrtles are also good for our area. They bloom in late spring/early summer and can be mixed with early spring tulips for a nice show. A full service nursery can help you with selection of which variety is best for you. Jane

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