Crape myrtles are a favorite in the southern garden, and Miss Frances is one to add to the party. Dark green leaves and striking deep red blooms make this small tree a standout in native gardens where deer like to feast. When the flowers are done and the leaves have fallen, enjoy the textural bark all throughout the winter (it’s a perfect time to add some twinkle lights for the season). While Miss Frances is low-maintenance and drought tolerant once established, she’ll appreciate a deep watering when the temps are high and the rainwater is low. Prune lightly only for shape (no “topping” the trees off, please!) and apply a slow-release fertilizer to increase blooms. Be careful to not over- fertilize; it’ll lead to lush leaf growth at the expense of all those beautiful red blooms!
Features & Benefits
- Glossy, dark green leaves
- Vibrant red flowers from summer to fall
- Lovely textural bark in the winter
- Wonderful choice as an accent tree, hedge, or small grouping
- Drought tolerant and disease resistant
- Deer resistant
Care & Space
- Full sun
- Plant Height: 15–20’
- Plant Width: 10–15’
- Prefers average, well-drained soil. Water deeply in periods of long dry spells and avoid
- Growth habit: Naturally rounded and spreading with a moderate growth rate.
- USDA Zones 7a–9b