Crepe Myrtles – An Essential Southern Plant
Crepe Myrtles, also known as Lagerstroemias, are flowering trees with blossoms that will likely range from pure whites, reds, to pinks and purples. This tree’s genus and family species consists of over 45 varying kinds. It is native to warmer climates; the Indian Subcontinent and southeast Asia, to name a few. Southern gardeners love them as ornamental trees – they are best suited for zones 7-10.
Crepe Myrtles can grow between 8ft – 25ft high with varying species maturing to only about 6ft tall. Their bark is unique and used ornamental throughout the year. It peels off of the tree naturally, revealing the tree’s smooth but solid flesh.
The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle shoots up at rocket speed, and can grow up to 5 feet per year. Makes an excellent (and quick) flowering privacy screen. This tree is a heavy bloomer; expect beautiful red flowers from early July through September.
Natchez Crepe Myrtle is extremely long blooming. Delicate, pure white flowers will cover the tree from June to September. That’s a lot of flower power. Popular as an ornamental tree, this tree is a great choice.
Plant America Nursery ships these shrubs bare root.
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