Acoma Crape Myrtle

Acoma Crape Myrtle

A Compact Tree With Beautiful Blooms and Lush Foliage

The Acoma crape myrtle is a hybrid variety of the Lagerstroemia, most frequently known by its common name the crape (or crepe) myrtle. This particular variety only attains a height of up to 10 to 15 feet or so and is frequently reported as staying small in size and being more shrub-like instead of appearing like a tree. It grows by about 1 to 2 feet per year.

The crape myrtle is a great option for planting in urban or suburban environments. Its small size makes it ideal for gardens or lawns, or it can be used as part of a commercial landscaping plan. Before planting, make sure that the full grown tree won’t cause issues on the property since the tree cannot be topped. You cannot cut off the top of the tree to control the height; that will kill the tree (“crape murder,” as it’s known).

In addition, this cultivar demonstrates greater resistance to powdery mildew—a frequent problem with some crape myrtle trees.