Let’s Talk Varieties of Crepe Myrtles William H. McCaleb Program Assistant, ANR Hopefully you have already read another article on “Interesting Facts About Crepe Myrtles” by Janice Aulisio. There is so much to say about this ‘imported’ species. You already know there are all sizes from the dwarf shrubs, all the way up to single trunk 40’ trees. Selective breeding has given us over 200 different varieties that will grow in USDA zones 7-9 and a couple for zone 10 in south Florida. Did you know there are Miniature/Weeping crepes out there that grow less than 3 feet tall? Yes, there is and will you find it in a local nursery? Most likely not. But there are several nurseries in the south that do have them. In fact, when VCE and the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association were doing research, we tried the Chickasaw red at what is now the Southern VA Botanical Gardens. Three out of three survived the heavy clay we tested them in for four years. When the research was over, unfortunately someone didn’t like those ever so slow growing miniature crepes and they removed them. How about dwarf crepes like the ‘Cherry Dazzle’ that only grows as a shrub to 3 – 5 feet tall. Yep, we tried those too. The ‘Tightwad’ is another one that works well in a large pot on a porch or patio. As long as they get plenty of sunlight they will do well. The downside is that most shrub type crepe myrtles tend to have more suckers coming up than the larger intermediate and tree sizes.