'Like a Latte' is part of the BARISTA® Collection series of dwarf crape myrtles will give you all the best qualities of a crape myrtle in a compact shape with enhanced disease resistance and cold heartiness. These compact crape myrtles are a very fast growing shrub that fills with gorgeous clusters of white blooms from July to September, and both beautiful, hearty, and very drought resistant once established. The dark green leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the blooms and a beautiful contrast to the brighter greens of your garden.
The blooms of a crape myrtle are a magnificent display that attract flocks of hummingbirds and butterflies through the summer months. These white crape myrtles produce 4” to 6” clusters of white flowers that can last for many weeks or even months. The leaves of crape myrtles are a unique glossy dark mocha/green. compared to other crape myrtles the 'Like a Latte' is slower growing, but can reach 2 to 3 feet if not pruned. Like a Latte' keeps a shrub like form, which makes it perfect for a shrub border, a backdrop in front of a fence, lining a drive, or planting on the corner of a house.
Photo Credit: Walter Gardens
|Bloom Period:||Late summer to fall|
|Genus & Species:||Lagerstroemia 'Like a Latte'|
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||2 to 3 ft|
|Plant Spacing:||6 to 8 inches|
|Planting Depth:||Plant even with root crown|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall planting - comes out of dormancy later than most plants|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun (6+ hours)|
|Zone:||5 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Crape Myrtle 'Like a Latte' BARISTA - Lagerstroemia
Crape Myrtles will bloom on new wood, pruning winter die-back in the spring is recommended. Otherwise only prune for visual appeal. Crape myrtles thrive in full sun and dry well drained soil. Supplemental watering is recommended until the plant is established.
Caring for your Ornamental - Crape Myrtle
Once established, crape myrtles become quite drought tolerant. They can do just as well in dry sandy soil as they do in moist well-draining soil and are fast growing often putting on two feet or more of new growth in a single season. When caring for crape myrtles it is important to understand that they often remain dormant well into the spring (or early summer), especially in cooler climates after being transplanted. Once the root system establishes, the crape myrtle will reliably emerge sooner, but still leafs out late in the spring compared to other trees. Cold weather is detrimental to crape myrtle trees, so when planting in zone 6 it is recommend to plant out of the winter wind if possible. Heavy mulching of 3-4 inches will protect the roots of a crape myrtle in the winter. If a winter is particularly harsh, the crape myrtle may lose branches or parts of its trunk, but if the root system is protected, it will sprout new branches and keep a more shrub-like form.