Most Popular Trees in the South: I need to skew the results!

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Most Popular Trees in the South

By dave
July 10, 2014

Which trees are the most popular in the Southern regions of the United States? Let's find out!

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jul 9, 2014 9:26 PM CST
Funny that when a tree is common like the crepe Myrtle it doesn't make the list. Golden rain tree is grown here too ...so I need to get a picture of one.
On the other hand, I love bald Cypress (as do the Northerners) and will probably plant another one.
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
Jul 9, 2014 10:42 PM CST
Of my (few) trips to the South, Magnolias and Rhododendron specimens were most memorable.

Granted but one is a (true?) tree. Aside from coastal plants? If I live a few more years I'll plant a Magnolia and enjoy it for awhile. I'll never plant another rhoadie after seeing what they should be. I was in complete awe. I happen upon some good ones here, but not often. Even the best here, there is no comparison.

Eh, one less plant to nurture (to leave on a positive note). Big Grin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 10, 2014 5:57 AM CST

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I'm surprised that so few people post pictures of crepe myrtles. For some reason, it seems like I'm one of the only ones!

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hazelnut
Jul 10, 2014 6:56 AM CST
In this part of the south someone has dubbed crape myrtle as "crape murder" They are planted in highway medians and shaved off every year by the Highway Department so they are never allowed to grow into trees. I rarely see the natural form of a tree crape myrtle except in my own yard, and along the back of an old abandoned farmhouse property,behind me where they form a dazzling 100 ft high hedge along an old cattle lane.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 10, 2014 6:59 AM CST

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I love crepe myrtles in their natural beauty! I Grumbling when I see those hideously ugly crepe myrtles cut back to a stump each year. One of my neighbors is guilty of this horticultural crime.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 10, 2014 7:23 AM CST
I love crepe myrtles and have them in AR as well as FL. Some of my neighbors in AR commit murder on their crepes every year which annoys me, but I don't say anything. Our "yard man" in FL wanted to trim mine in FL and I told him to leave it alone, however, he did commit murder on my REDBUD without my permission. Sad Thumbs down
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 10, 2014 7:37 AM CST

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Unforgiveable.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 10, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Another vote for crepe myrtles here! Hurray! In my shady green foliage landscape, all I have to do is look up to the sky to see the colorful flowers of my trees that reach 2 stories high. Flower petals dot the landscape as they fall, again bringing color to my yard. IMO there is not a better tree!
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jul 10, 2014 9:26 PM CST
I am going to add a picture of the lovely bark of the crepemyrtle
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 10, 2014 10:39 PM CST
The peeling new bark looks gorgeous this time of year. You post yours, I'll post mine!
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Name: Carter Mayer
Houston, TX (Zone 9b)
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Carter
Jul 12, 2014 7:53 AM CST
Crape myrtles are like weeds here in the south. Maybe a reason they don't get posted much is because they are SO common no one bothers to take pics of them? The previous owners of our house apparently liked them because we have a ton planted around our property (it's a huge yard, though, so doesn't seem like there are that many).
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jul 13, 2014 5:37 PM CST
Here it is! I love Crepe Myrtle bark. Lovely the way it peels.



Maybe hard to see, but if the young trunks are twisted, they grow together. Do you see the small hole?


Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Aug 3, 2014 1:02 PM CST
@candanna I love crepe myrtle bark, too. Great pictures. Yep, I see the small hole in the trunk. Thumbs up
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