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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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Jul 2, 2015 7:33 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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Years ago, I paid my local nursery a high price for a Crepe Myrtle growing in a hanging basket. I was told that it was double the price of the other Lagerstroemias because it was "specially bred" to stay small. The plant took no notice of this foolishness, of course, and I soon acceded to the plant's clearly expressed wishes and planted it in the ground. It's now taller than my house. Hilarious!

The best thing about Crepe Myrtles is the lack of special care they require. Most of the trees on Main Street in my town are Crepe Myrtles, and they're also planted along some of the freeways in Northern California because they grow and bloom without any need for landscaping maintenance expenses.
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Jul 2, 2015 7:36 PM CST
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Name: Trish
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Don'tcha just hate it when no one tells the plant how it's supposed to behave?!?!?
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Jul 2, 2015 9:00 PM CST
Plants Admin
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Region: Ukraine Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis
Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Plant Database Moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level
Yes! Especially those supposedly "disease-resistant" plants. Glare
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