Plant ID forum: Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Muskogee')

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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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csandt
Aug 1, 2015 4:25 PM CST
This crape/crepe myrtle came to me as one of five seedlings from my daughter in southern Maryland. All five plants are growing well, some faster than others, in my zone 6B gardens. I placed two near my heat-leaking old farmhouse to protect them from winter cold, and three in a garden that gets the worst winds that my unprotected hilltop location can provide. Three other crape/crepe myrtles that I have tried in this windy location died (two 'Pink Velour' and one 'Hopi'). It seems to be a remarkably tough cultivar. Is it 'Muskogee'? If so, is 'Muskogee' known to be this tough?

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dave
Aug 1, 2015 5:46 PM CST

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Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Muskogee') is one of the most widely grown crepemyrtles in existence. When you see a 25' tall light lavender crepe myrtle growing on the side of the highway it is almost certainly a Muskogee.

Another possibility for you would be Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Biloxi') which tends to be a bit more on the pink side of the color range.

One more way to tell them apart: the bark on Muskogee will be a bit grey while the bark on Biloxi will be more of a tan/brown color.

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