White crepe myrtles received their name for the tissue thin flowers they produce, which resembles crepe paper. These can be used as trees in the landscape or pruned into shrubs. This deciduous plant is a favorite choice for home gardeners because it flowers early in the spring and continues until the fall. The blooms appear in clusters of 6 to 18 inches, with dark green foliage.
Crepe myrtles are recommended for growth in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 10. These deciduous shrubs thrive in well-drained soil such as sandy or loam. If you want your crepe myrtles to produce a high number of blooms, it is best to plant them in sunny areas of your yard. While they will grow in partial shade, they produce far more blooms when exposed to high levels of sunlight daily. Once they become well established, crepe myrtles tolerate drought conditions well. While fertilizer is not required, these plants will benefit from applications of fertilizers containing nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus.
In addition to beautiful blooms, white crepe myrtles have ornamental bark that makes it pleasing to the eye. You can plant it near entrances, porches or walkways to add curb appeal. If you prefer to prune it into a shrub, the crepe myrtle can be placed just about anywhere in your yard. In addition to being tolerant of dry conditions, this plant is also known for being resistant to diseases and pests, making it fairly low maintenance for home or beginning gardeners.