For a brief moment, 5 years ago, I knew the name of this Crepe Myrtle. As soon as I sounded it out, I forgot it. I made some feeble attempts over the years to id it, but gave up each effort as quickly as I lost the memory of the name.
I don’t say this lightly. I’m not proud of it.
It recently became important to me to know her name. I feel passion for this tree; of all my blooming trees, she gives me 100 days of blooms. I owed her respect enough to know her name. It’s no different, really, than having a dog and only referring it as a poodle. Just as the poodle has a name, so does my Crepe Myrtle.
Meet Lagerstroemia indica ‘Zuni’.
‘Zuni’ is a star in my mixed border. No southern garden would be complete without at least one Crepe Myrtle. I have 7 Crepe Myrtle trees, 5 varieties…I like ‘Natchez’ so much, there are three of those. But, If I had to, I could trade all the others for this one.
Happy in my zone 7b (Zone 6 – 10) Mixed Border where she acts like a big ole blooming perennial. ‘Zuni’ is very drought and mildew resistance offering pretty fall color late in the season.
To give credit where credit is due, Randy at Creating Our Eden suggested my CM as ‘Zuni’. Ah, the power of the Internet. I posed the identification of ‘Zuni” during my July Garden Blogger’s Bloom day post, and Randy answers. Thanks Randy!
This was confirmed during a visit by Steve Bender of Southern Living, “Yeah, ” he said, scratching his head, “It looks like a ‘Zuni’ to me.” This scratching his head habit was witnessed many times as I quizzed him during the week on plant identification.
If you want to learn more about growing Crepe Myrtles in the south, check out Southern Living’s Grumpy Gardener as he answers 10 of the most common questions about Crepe Myrtles.