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'Natchez' Crape Myrtle

'Natchez' Crape Myrtle

Fraxinus texensis

Height: 30'
Spread: 20'
Shape: Medium to large shrub or a small multi-stemmed tree to 40 feet
Foliage: Leaf: Opposite or some leaves alternate or whorled, simple, elliptical, entire margin, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, dark green above, paler below
Fall Color: Orange to Bright Red Foliage
Hardiness: 6b-9b

Comments: Flower: Very attractive white, occurring in long (8 inch) spike-like clusters, appearing around in early June. Retains flowers until first frost. Fruit: Dry, 6 parted, brown capsule in upright spikes, each capsule 1/2 inch long, persistent through the winter. Twig: Slender, brown (initially red or green), ridged or angled, buds very small. Bark: Gray brown, smooth, exfoliating and exposing shades of brown, reddish brown and green, very attractive A United States National Arboretum Introduction - 1987

Preferences:full sun, fertile, well-drained soils excellent choice for: summer flowering deciduous shade tree, groves, accent, heat and drought tolerance exfoliating bark, reported to be slightly fragrant

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