The Main Plant entry for Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Crepe Myrtles.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Deciduous

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Common names
  • Crepe Myrtle

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Location: My garden
Date: 2023-10-24
Location: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2023-08-19
Location: My Yard
Date: 2018-07-24
Keeping the honey bees happy!
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-04
Photo by canadanna
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2022-09-01

Date: 2021-08-09
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-10-20
Location: My garden
Date: 2020
Crepe Myrtles Lagerstroemia
Location: In my mom's garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-12-08
Location: In Mom's garden, Annandale, VA
Date: 2017-09-07
Blooms July-Aug/Blooms are lavender
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2023-04-05
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-09-24
Location: North Central TX Zone 8a
Date: 2017-12-20
In the parking lot of an office building
Location: Lannius, Texas
Date: June 2019
30 yrs old at time of photo- will be at boat ramp? Of the new Boi
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-08-19
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2021
Garden small tree collections
Location: My garden
Date: 2020
Crepe Myrtle
Photo by canadanna
Location: In Mom's garden, Annandale, VA
Date: 2017-09-07
Blooms July-Aug/Flowers are lavender

Date: 2020-08-22
Summer Snow!
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-08-27
In full bloom in a neighbors yard
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-06-24
Location: Downtown Russellville
Date: November 8 2020
Location: Downtown Russellville
Date: November 8 2020
Even the crepe myrtles are pretty this year

Date: 2022-08-14
Location: Broken Arrow, OK
Date: 2017-07-09

Date: Summer

Date: Summer
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-09-24
After ? years, finally in the ground
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02

Summer "shedding"
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-25
Location: In Mom's garden, Annandale, VA
Date: 2017-09-20
Small tree - 8' tall-very hardy
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2013-09-26

Date: Summer

Date: May 2011

Date: Summer 2011
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-04-03 
Newly emerging spring foliage
Location: Houston area
Date: 2014-07-13
New bark emerging
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-07-01
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2015-04-06
Seedlings of Crepe Myrtle 'Zuni'
Location: Savana Ga.
Date: 2015-12-12
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2012-12-06
Fall color on 'Muskogee'
Location: Albany, NY
Date: August 4, 2017
Zone 5b/6a

Date: 2021-08-09
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-11-21
Inosculated branches/trunks.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-07
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-07-02
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-06-20
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2013-07-18
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2013-07-18
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-25
Location: In Mom's garden, Annandale, VA
Date: 2017-09-07
Blooms July-Aug/Blooms are lavender
Location: central Florida
Date: 2011-06-15
Standard size bushes bloom 4 to 10 feet high
Location: My front yard
Date: June 26, 2010

Date: October 16, 2010

Date: July 8 2011
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-08-30
Suckers are continually coming up from roots under this new bed,
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-24
Failed to completely remove a root while digging up grass for a n
Photo by rocklady
Location: Apple Valley, CA
Date: 2014-08-08
Crepe Mrytle Seedling
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2012-12-06
Fall color on 'Muskogee'
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-08-01
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
this was a sad twig when I got it as a gift for a donation...fina
Location: Houston area
Date: 2012-09-02
25 years old
Location: Houston area
Date: 2012-09-02
25 years old
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-11-24
Inosculated branches/trunks.

Date: Sep 25, 2011 8:16 AM
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-27
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2013-07-18
Photo by Newyorkrita

Sarted from seed  h winter sewing 2017

Date: June 8, 2010

Date: August 22, 2010

Date: Summer

Date: July 16, 2011
Location: Front Yard
Date: August 3, 2009
Bark of white blooming Crape Myrtle tree

Date: June 23, 2011

Date: Summer
Photo by plantladylin
Location: Our front yard - Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2013-08-24
Location: All pictures taken in/on my gardens/greenhouse/property
Date: 2018-03-08
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-07-02
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-09-05
Location: Apple Valley, CA
Date: 2015-01-21
Six month old seedlings transplanted to individual pots for summe

Date: Summer

Date: June 26, 2010

Date: Summer

Date: Summer 2011
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:52 AM concerning plant:
    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."

  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 20, 2011 8:28 AM concerning plant:
    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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piksihk On August 28, 2015 Bloomed
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Moved the two plants from their temporary location to their new homes, just outside deer fence.
dragonfetti On August 1, 2014 Obtained plant
Dark pink blossoms, tree form, from Keith.
Seedfork On June 15, 2015 Bloomed
Blooms just stating to show this year.
Seedfork On March 31, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
New leaves emerging
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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
Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) variety? by Teruko Jul 18, 2020 9:16 AM 0

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