Catawba has dark purple, or mauve, flowers offset by lustrous, dark-green foliage and light gray-brown bark. Fall leaves are a bright orange-red. Growth habit is full, upright, and spreading. Gets to about 19' tall.
Resists mildew. Note: Regardless of hardiness zone, all crape myrtles are subject to die-back at temps below 15 degrees. Probability of this happening is increased by pruning in fall or winter. Prune only in earliest spring. Bloom will be on new wood.
*Seldom Damaged by Deer* Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Birds.
Photos: U.S. National Arboretum
Large shrub or small tree
10' - 20'
Primary foliage Color
Green, dark, glossy
Seasonal foliage Color
Yellow, orange, or red
Average: ensure planting area provides adequate drainage