Tree Maintenance For Beginners – October 2018: Part 6

Top Tree LLC can help you manage any tree hazards you have on your property. We are some of the best arborists in the Tri-Cities and can either give you advice on how to manage your trees or perform any preventative maintenance you need.

Crapemyrtle is multi-stemmed tree that is quickly becoming more common in landscapes across the country. A true multiple season of interest plant, this genus is grown not only for its colorful, late blooming flowers but also for its showy bark and consistently beautiful fall color. The most common species is Lagerstroemia indica. Nurseries offer many cultivars and more are being developed all the time. There are sizes and shapes to fit any palette and flower colors from whites to reds, pink and purple and every shade in between.

Unfortunately, often little care is taken to select an appropriate cultivar for the site resulting in the wrong plant for the spot. A worthy smaller cultivar that is a favorite of mine is Lagerstroemia indica ‘Velma’s Royal Delight’. This cultivar is well suited to our shrinking urban landscape since its very compact; usually reaching only four to five feet high with an equal spread.

The foliage is a nice dark green with good mildew resistance and decent fall color. The flowers are a very nice magenta often covering the plant. Its bark is not as showy as some cultivars but still offers good winter interest. It also has excellent cold hardiness. Velma’s Royal Delight is a very good crapemyrtle to add to the urban tree list.

We look forward to helping you with all of your tree removal and tree trimming needs. When and if you have any questions about your trees, shrubs, or any other greenery on your property, we can help. We strive to be your only and best option for tree trimmers in Burbank.

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