Shade tree choices: Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle
Crape Myrtle leaves
Crape Myrtle flowers
Fall Color
Crape Myrtle fall color


Common name: Crape Myrtle

Botanical name: Lagerstroemia hydrid

Flowers: Various

Fall color: Orange

Soil moisture: Moist soil, well drained

Growth rate: Slow/Moderate


Minimum Planting Distances
from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
from a building foundation: 6 feet
from walks and driveways: 5 feet
from an air conditioner: 3 feet
from a fence: 3 feet
from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 3 feet
from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 3 feet
from a swimming pool: 6 feet
from a septic system: 25 feet
between trees*: 12 feet
* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half.
Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet รท 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.