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Locations of High Desert Crepe Myrtles:
Bonsai Care Guide: High Desert Bonsai Blog
Sunset Zones: 7-10, 12-14 and 18-21; H1, H2
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil: Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline
Drought Tolerance: Drought Tolerant
Growth Rate: 24” per year
Growth Habit: Oval, Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous
Longevity: 50 to 150 years
Litter Issue: Seeds
Pests and Diseases: Resistant to Texas Root Rot. Susceptible to Aphids, Powdery Mildew and Sooty Mold.
Branch Strength: Medium
Root Damage Potential: Very Low
Suckering Potential: High
Salt Tolerance: Moderate for Inland locations
Pruning Advice: Pruning off the end of the flowering branches once the flowers and seeds are spent will help to maintain a clean look for the tree.
Staking: Single trunk trees will require staking until the trunk is thick enough to support to top heavy growth.
Fertilizer: Do not fertilize in the Summer.