Ok. Crape Myrtle it is. It's nice to see one that hasn't had its head chopped off.
For those of you who are not familiar with Crape Myrtles, the 'off with their heads' reference has to do with a sad look the trees have when many homeowners literally cut the tops of their trees off.
I'll keep this open for a little while in case anyone has a competing suggestion.
-- this was a very small parking lot bordering the entrance to a busy highway. If I backed up much more to get a better shot, I might not be having a merry Christmas.