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ATP Podcast #91: Crepe Myrtles

By dave
July 2, 2015

There is no flowering shrub in the south that is more ubiquitous and more loved than the mighty crepe myrtle, and that's what we're going to talk about on this episode. Dave will share the history, talk about the new exciting cultivars, and share tips on how to grow it.

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Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra
Charter ATP Member Roses Xeriscape Ponds Butterflies
Jan 3, 2016 1:58 PM CST
Dave, I just finished listening to my 3rd podcast. Am thoroughly enjoying them.

Now about the Crepes, I can't count how many I have. One of the first I bought was Red Rocket. It suffers from the mildew thing and hasn't performed well at all. It collects the wild stuff that grows on most out here in the sand hills. But it's still living and i am considering moving it closer to some of its relatives.

I finally found someone who admits some crepes have a fragrance. My whites do. And most all of the ones I have, have shed their bark and have that interesting marbled trunk. They are all white, light pink, dark pink, medium pink and some pale lavender. I haven't bought them for their names, but for the colors of their flowers. I really like the reds. I have some small ones that may be from the ebony heritage as they have the very dark leaves. Too small yet to see blooms colors.

I do not commit crepe murder as they do in town, but have been forced to encourage mine to be trees instead of bushes so I can transit my pathways.

There are rooted suckers growing all the time, especially from one "Sendonetome" shared a few years ago so I can continue sharing as these never fail when I dig them up.

The best thing about them here, I have pure sand below the top 8 inches and they all seem perfectly happy to be here and provide color and a have for the birds and butterflies.

Thanks for sharing this.


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