The arapaho is an upright growing large shrub or small tree with bright red flowers during the summer. Its glossy, dark green leaves have a slight tinge of maroon and display a deep red-purple to maroon in the fall. It is always best to grow a crape myrtle in full sun, partial shade will suffice, but will result in reduced flowering. This strain will grow at a rate of about 1 to 2 feet a year, maturing at about 20 to 30 feet high, and a smaller canopy at about 15 feet wide. Arapaho is heat and drought resistant like most Lagerstroemia, but this strain is also highly mildew resistant.