The Main Plant entry for Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia)

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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Deciduous

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 20, 2011 8:28 AM

Crepe Myrtle is a deciduous, long-blooming and popular landscape and streetscape tree in the south. I've heard a few people say they don't care for Crepe Myrtle because it's so common, but it sure is one of my favorites! Some cities in the south have highways lined with beautiful Crepe Myrtles. There are dwarf varieties that grow only 18 to 24 inches in height, as well as varieties that can reach 40 feet. Crepe Myrtle is one of the longest blooming trees (3-4 months in some areas) and the flowers come in shades ranging from white to pink, lavender, and red. Some people prefer this plant as a bushy, spreading shrub, but if you want your plant to maintain a tree form you must remove any suckers that appear. Whether it's grown as a dwarf container plant, a shrub, or a tall single specimen tree, if you have a spot with full sun you can't beat the Crepe Myrtle for summer color!

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:52 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

"Crape myrtles are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers. Most species of Lagerstroemia have sinewy, fluted stems and branches with a mottled appearance that arises from having bark that sheds throughout the year. The leaves are opposite, simple, with entire margins, and vary from 2–8 inches. While all species are woody in nature, they can range in height from over 100 feet to under one foot; most, however are small to medium multiple-trunked trees and shrubs. The leaves of temperate species provide autumn color.

Flowers are borne in summer and autumn in panicles of crinkled flowers with a crepe-like texture. Colors vary from deep purple to red to white, with almost every shade in between. Although no blue-flowered varieties exist, it is toward the blue end of the spectrum that the flowers trend, with no sight of orange or yellow except in stamens and pistils. The fruit is a capsule, green and succulent at first, then ripening to dark brown or black dryness. It splits along six or seven lines, producing teeth much like those of the calyx, and releases numerous, small, winged seeds.

Today, crape myrtles varieties can fill every landscape need, from tidy street trees to dense barrier hedges all the way down to fast-growing dwarf types of less than two feet, which can go from seed to bloom in a season (allowing gardeners in places where the plant is not winter-hardy to still enjoy the intense colors of the frilly flowers). In Europe, crape myrtle is common in the south of France, the Iberian Peninsula and all of Italy; in the United States it can be seen anywhere south of USDA Zone 6, doing best and avoiding fungal diseases in mild climates that are not overly humid, such as inland California and Texas."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Could be Crape Myrtle by valleylynn Nov 4, 2011 6:49 PM 2
Blooms appear to be Crepe Myrtle by plantladylin Oct 20, 2017 12:56 AM 2
What a lovely tangle of branches by Bonehead Dec 25, 2017 5:41 PM 7
Bark on tree peony splitting by Oberon46 Apr 9, 2019 6:45 AM 12
Plant identity by Bashen Jan 22, 2019 12:59 AM 5
Database search results by plantladylin Oct 23, 2018 7:22 PM 3
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Can it be saved? Crepe myrtle with big problems by aecook Aug 30, 2018 2:22 PM 11
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