Fragrant flowers forum: Crepe myrtle 'Biloxi'

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 11, 2011 5:20 PM CST

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Those who know me very well understand that I love crepe myrtles. They are one of my favorite kinds of plants and I don't think they can be planted too frequently. Smiling I have over 50 crepe myrtles planted all over our ranch here. I even have some planted deep in the woods.

Here is one of my favorites: Biloxi.

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It doesn't look its best right now given that we're in such a terrible and historic drought. Anyway, it throws huge clusters of purple blooms.

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The fragrance could be described as being similar to a very powerful lilac. It's wonderful and walking past it is almost overwhelming with its amazing fragrance. Definitely in my top 10 of all the plants I have!!
Name: Marie
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Desertdenial
Jul 12, 2011 3:50 PM CST
I love crepe Myrtles too but only have about 6 plantes on my property. I had no idea there was a fragrant one.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 3:57 PM CST

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Quite a few of them are fragrant. I think it's the fauriei species that has the fragrance. It seems that all the indicas have no fragrance.
Name: Susan
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gardenersdetective
Jul 12, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Dave do you know the hardiness zone range for the faurieri species?
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 4:16 PM CST

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The U.S. National Arboretum says they are reliably hardy to zone 6.
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Desertdenial
Jul 12, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Where do you find the faurieri species. I did an internet search and did not come up with much.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 4:20 PM CST

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You have to know the variety. Crepe myrtles basically come in the L. indica or L. fauriei flavors. There are a few L. indica x fauriei crosses out there, too.

Muskogee is a pretty well known cross. Biloxi is a cross, too, I believe. Appalachee is a fauriei.

The extra tall ones are generally faurieis.

I don't know where they can be ordered, though. I have collected mine from various places and people. There is a nursery in Tennessee Colony, TX that sold us many hundreds of them for our local master gardeners plant sale last year, and I had quite a few left over from that.

In fact, the Biloxi pictured above came from them.
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gardenersdetective
Jul 12, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Darn just one zone off, well I guess your just gonna have to program smellavision Hilarious!
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Jul 12, 2011 4:56 PM CST

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Mindy03
Jul 12, 2011 5:53 PM CST
My crepe myrtles are just now starting to bloom. The first year or two they didn't have a scent but the light pink one and now the red one does have a scent. The light pink one smells the strongest here. I have no idea which variety they are got them at WM during a markdown sale and all it was was Crepe Myrtle and the color. I currently have 3 of them the third is a darker pink.
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Desertdenial
Jul 13, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Well at least I now have some names to search for. My kids wanted to know why I was outside last night in the almost dark sniffing all the crepe myrtles. None of mine I have any scent.
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vic
Jul 15, 2011 12:22 PM CST
Dave, you had me at the lilac scent. It's one of my top 5, maybe even top 3 scents. I have even been able to grow a lilac down here and it's healthy but I'm afraid it won't bud or bloom in my lifetime.

If you ever find a nursery that carries Biloxi, please let us know as I would love to buy one. I love the color as well. Just like a lilac Big Grin I only have the watermelon pink and white here.

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dave
Jul 15, 2011 12:24 PM CST

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Vic, I may just have to root some so I can send a couple your way!! Smiling
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vic
Jul 15, 2011 12:39 PM CST
Oh, I would be ever so grateful Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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psa
Jul 16, 2011 4:20 AM CST
Why is that when I search for crepe Myrtle Biloxi all of the results are for pink blooming trees?
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 16, 2011 7:37 AM CST

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That's a good question. Don't tell me that my Biloxi's aren't Biloxi because that would mean the tree company we got them from was wrong, and that would be a big problem for me.

Now this has got my doubting whether what I have is Biloxi or not. Confused
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 19, 2011 1:10 PM CST
Wow, now I want one, too!

Creepie Myrtles grow just fine in a tropical place. Now I'll get hauled into jail for trespassing in folks' yards to sniff.
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psa
Jul 19, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Still can't figure out if Crepe Myrtle will grow here. I've never seen one in this area.
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Jul 20, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Dave, would you call Biloxi a purple? I'm seeing white, pink, fuschia, and purple here. Your photo is a bit ambiguous to my eyesight.

Is it fragrant all the time, or sometimes, like only morning, only afternoon?

Are you sorry you posted about this plant??
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 20, 2011 9:24 AM CST

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Well, the tree that I am talking about in this thread is definitely purple (or lavender) in color!

coconut said:Are you sorry you posted about this plant??


Rolling on the floor laughing

The seller of this plant is going to hear an earful from me when I see them next!

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