Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Crape Myrtle

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County in the coming weeks to discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive on the OBX!

Crape Myrtle or Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica


Crape Myrtle is a southern garden favorite. It has often been referred to as the Flower of the South. They have a long blooming season starting in May and lasting well past summer; with flowers lasting 90 to 120 days.

Crepe myrtle blooming

Crape Myrtles can be easily shaped and formed into a small tree or a large shrub depending on the area making them very versatile.

Crepe myrtle tree

Crape Myrtles have a unique patterned bark and beautiful foliage in the Fall.




  • Full Sun
  • Drought tolerant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Various Soil Conditions
  • Moderate to rapid growth

Diseases & Pests

  • Powdery Mildew
  • Aphids
  • Sooty Mold
  • Leaf Spot

Take a trip to the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden to see for yourself the beautiful row of Crape Myrtles lining the Butterfly Garden.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

Learn more about Master Gardener℠ volunteer programs in Dare County!

Written By

Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Updated on Jun 1, 2020
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