'Acoma' Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Acoma')

  • The Acoma Crape Myrtle is known to have a long period of striking summer flower color, attractive fall foliage, and good drought-tolerance making it a favorite small tree for either formal or informal landscapes.
  • Height: 10 to 15 feet
  • Spread: 6 to 10 feet
  • Crown shape: vase
  • Flower color: White; 6- to 12-inch-long clustered blooms appear on the tips of branches during summer.  Flowers may stain car paint.
  • Fall color: purple, red
  • `Acoma' is well suited for an accent in the shrub border or as a specimen in the lawn.
  • This cultivar is too small for pruning into anything other than a very small tree or large shrub.  Pruning should be done in late winter or early in the spring before growth begins because it is easier to see which branches to prune. Lower branches are often thinned to show off the trunk form and color. Since cultivars are now available in a wide range of growth heights, severe pruning should not be necessary to control size. Severe pruning can stimulate basal sprouting which can become a constant nuisance, requiring regular removal.
  • New growth can be pinched during the growing season to increase branchiness and flower number. Remove the spent flower heads to encourage a second flush of flowers and to prevent formation of the brown fruits.
  • `Acoma' has good resistance to powdery mildew and insect pests are few, although aphids often infest new growth causing an unsightly but harmless sooty mold to grow on the foliage.  For more information on sooty mold, click here.
  • Crape-Myrtle grows best in full sun with rich, moist soil but will tolerate less hospitable positions in the landscape once it becomes established, including clay and alkaline soils.
  • This cultivar is highly recommended for planting in urban and suburban areas.  It grows well in limited soil spaces in urban areas such as along boulevards, in parking lots, and in small pavement cutouts if provided with some irrigation until well established.
  • To determine which cultivar is right for your landscape, visit Crapemyrtle in Florida for a list of cultivars and their characteristics.

Information Source: Lagerstroemia x 'Acoma': 'Acoma'

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