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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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