Lagerstroemia Acoma, Crapemyrtle
Developed by the National Aboretum and designated a Plant of Merit by the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Acoma Crapemyrtles is a sure bet. Large while flower panicles bloom from summer to fall. This large shrub or small tree looks excellent against brick buildings, where its white flowers and glossy green foliage contrast against the red brick. In fall the deep green leaves turn shades of red, orange and yellow. Can grow up to 10′ tall and wide, but usually has some winter die-back in the St. Louis area, keeping it around 5-6′ tall.
Crapemyrtles are easy to grow shrubs that thrive in sunny hot spots. Expect to see winter die-back most years in St. Louis, sometimes all the way to ground. Late to wake up, sometimes Crapemyrtles stay sleeping until mid-May.