Photo of Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia): What a lovely tangle of branches

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 23, 2017 9:44 PM CST
This is truly 'winter interest' for me. I am not particularly familiar with this tree although I have noted that many folks are quite taken with it. Not sure if it grows well in my region.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 24, 2017 1:34 AM CST
Thanks, Deb. Crepe Myrtles are very popular in the South. It's rather unusual for me to see such a tall one. Many people chop the tops off. I'm not sure why. I've read that it's not especially good for the tree but I guess some think otherwise. After I posted the picture I was driving to the store to grab some things. I lost count of how many crepe myrtles I saw within a 2 mile area.

I'm sure someone will correct me, but I wouldn't think Crepe Myrtles would do well in the PNW. They do well in the heat. I've also heard that their trunks are rather weak. If true, then a heavy snow might do them in. I'm just guessing, though.
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zuzu
Dec 24, 2017 1:40 AM CST

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I doubt that Deb gets heavy snow in zone 8b. Crepe myrtles are ubiquitous here in zone 9a in northern California. They're growing along the freeway in Sonoma County and they're the street tree of choice in many neighborhoods. I have only one, but it's growing quite well and it's taller than my house.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 24, 2017 7:05 AM CST
I knew someone would correct me! I was basing the snow after seeing some of Deb's pictures in thr Winter Interest gallery.

Obviously you don't do an 'off with her head' with your tree. Do you see that often where you are? I'll see if I can get a picture of one.

Thanks for the info.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Dec 24, 2017 10:01 AM CST
We used to get one or two good dumps of snow, but with global warming that has slowed down considerably. Perhaps they don't appreciate our wet winters. I just don't think I ever see or hear of them up here. Or, maybe I just don't know what they look like. I know there is a whole area in Oregon devoted to myrtlewood, but that is a different tree altogether.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 24, 2017 3:31 PM CST
Deb -- I really like the snow pictures that you posted. Made the leap to thinking it was usual to get so much snow.

Maybe when he has some free time (ha!) @dave might comment about Crepe Myrtles. I know he grows them and think I read he was trying a new one this year. Or maybe that was someone else or a different tree.
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tx_flower_child
Dec 25, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Deb, I noticed that @Frenchy21 posted a recent picture of a crepe myrtle in the Winter Interest gallery. Not saying this tree got the axe, but it shows about what size one would be with a head cut.
Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Dec 25, 2017 5:41 PM CST
The crepe myrtle tree in my winter interest pic looks like this in the late summer: Smiling


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