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Crepe Myrtle Tree


Plant Details

  • Common Name: Crepe Myrtle
  • Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica
  • Plant description: A deciduous, vase-shaped tree about 6 - 8 m (about 18-25 ft.) tall with a 5 m (about 15 ft) spread.

Crepe Myrtles are plants for all seasons. They flower in late summer with clusters of white, pink, lavender or deep red crepe-like blooms.

In autumn, the leaves color before dropping. Autumn foliage color depends on the variety grown but may range from yellow and copper bronze or orange-red to dark red.



The crepe myrtles have many good points, it has beautiful flowers and have flowers till autumn. 

These trees also get better with age, as the trunk develops a wonderful appearance and the bark exfoliates in summer to give a gorgeous look with patches of pink, grey and brown. During the winter months the beauty of the smooth silver and gold colored bark can be appreciated


It can be heavily pruned in winter to encourage the development of arching branches of flowers. 

Crepe myrtles can be propagated by hard wood cutting in winter or by seed in spring.


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The Dragon Tree is a native tree of the Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and Morocco.
 The Guanche people of the Canary Islands used the sap for mummification purposes.

Trees always attract attention, the shape, texture, color and lines of trees always fascinates people, trees inspired and spiritually uplifting.



There are a lot of trees with an unusual shape, they are a perfect model. Trees are everywhere and most of the time you'll just get lucky and find interesting and unusual trees along the way.


Bottle Tree
Sometimes you can compare trees to people, some are stout, others are slim, some are massive and tall. What I find is that some older trees have a stronger presence, than the rest.









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Jacaranda Tree


Common NameJacaranda
Botanical Name: Jacaranda Mimosifolia. The species name mimosifoloia refers to the foliage, which resembles that of the mimosa or wattle tree.
Jacaranda grow around 10-15m (30-45ft) tall and have lacy green foliage which turns yellow in autumn before falling. The trumpet-shaped flowers appear before the leaves return, then drop to form a blue carpet underneath the tree. The color of the flowers varies from soft blue through to mauve-blue and almost purple.

The Jacaranda, is a native of the dry, high plains of Brazil and Argentina, jacarandas are popular in Australia and some people think they're Australian natives.
Jacarandas prefer sunny position, rich well-drained soil and protection from wind and frost when still young. One important thing to remember is that it's better not to prune jacarandas because after pruning they send up lots of ugly vertical shoots that spoil the appearance of the tree. Jacarandas grow well in most areas of Australia with the exception of the mountains and Hobart.
Jacaranda gives a spectacular display of blue-mauve flowers which create an attractive carpet when they fall to the ground. It has pretty foliage and low maintenance. It looks great for any average to large garden. Jacaranda also makes excellent street trees.

Jacaranda Festival 
In Australia, Jacaranda's flowering time is October. The best place to see to see the magnificent spring display of flowering jacarandas is during the Jacaranda Festival held yearly in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales when the street are lined with vibrant purple blooms.
History tells us that in 1879, a Grafton seed merchant by the name of Mr H. A. Volkers was contracted to plant trees for the Grafton Council and during 1880 he was instrumental in supplying and planting hundreds of Jacaranda trees in the streets of Grafton.
In 1935, 55 years, after planting those Jacaranda trees, the people of Grafton held the first Jacaranda Festival, to celebrate the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues. This festival expresses the people's thanksgiving for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe.


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