Deciduous, Shrubs, Trees
The crape myrtles are among the most satisfactory of plants for hot-summer regions; showy summer flowers, good-looking bark, and (in many cases) brilliant fall color make them attractive all year round. Long, cool autumns yield the best leaf display; the first hard frost ends the show.
Native to China. To 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1 to 2 1/2 in. long and somewhat narrower, often tinged red on opening and frequently turning brilliant orange or red in the fall. Crinkly petaled, crepe-like, 1 to 1 1/2-in. flowers in dense clusters range from white through pink to red and purple. Trained as a tree, develops an attractive trunk and branch structure. Smooth gray or light brown bark peels off to reveal smooth, pinkish inner bark. Winter trunk and branches look polished.
Introductions of the U.S. National Arboretum, these hybrids between Lagerstroemia indica and&...
Native to China. To 25 ft. tall and wide. Dark green leaves are 1 to 2 1/2 in. long and somewhat narro...
Native to China, northern India. To 30 to 50 ft. high and wide, with irregular habit. Rich green, 1- t...