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Crepe Myrtle Trees
It’s hard to go to the southern states and not see plantings of crepe myrtle trees. They seem to be everywhere. They line sidewalks and the edges of pastures. They beautify people’s yards and even the parking lots of shopping malls. Crepe myrtles are not only easy to grow in these warm climates, but they come in a rainbow of colors. The gardener can chooses from a pink crepe myrtle, a white crepe myrtle, red crepe myrtles, and purple crepe myrtles. The tiny, crinkled flowers come in panicles in the summer and last throughout the fall. Even in the winter, the tree is of interest because of its smooth, mottled bark. This effect comes because the bark sheds all year. The leaves of some cultivars turn maroon or orange red in the fall. The tree is native to southeast Asia and first came from China to the southern United States in the late 18th century.
Crepe myrtle trees can grow from Hardiness Zone 6 southward, though crepe myrtles have been seen in colder zones.
Crepe myrtles can come in dwarf varieties that grow to only about two feet tall to trees that are over 100 feet tall, though most trees range from about 15 to 25 feet tall. The fruit of the tree is in the shape of a green pod that eventually turns brown, dries out and splits. The seeds are small and winged.
Many varieties of crepe myrtle are named after Indian tribes. One pink crepe myrtle is called ‘Choctaw.’ This tree has dark green leaves that turn deep, purplish red in autumn. The flowers last from mid to late summer. A pretty, white crepe myrtle is ‘Natchez,’ which grows quickly and has fiery orange leaves in the fall. ‘Cherokee,’ which tends to be more of a shrub than a tree, is one of the red crepe myrtles, while the lovely 'Catawba' is one of the purple crepe myrtles. Its bright green leaves show off the vibrant purple of the blossoms.
Crepe myrtles grow best in a hot, sunny spot on the property. They like moist, well drained soil. A gardener can propagate the crepe myrtle through cuttings or by seed. The tree should be pruned judiciously, as when it’s too dense to promote good air flow through the branches, or if branches are rubbing against each other.
The tree can also be part of a butterfly garden, as it can be used as a host plant for some caterpillars.
The wood of crepe myrtles is sometimes used to make furniture and many other implements. Woodworkers like crepe myrtle wood because it has a low cutting resistance and is easy to work when it comes to planing, turning and moulding. It also polishes well, dries easily and can accommodate both hand and power tools.
Crepe Myrtles are known for their beautiful, bountiful blossoms of color and for their easiness to maintain. These are striking in summer with the huge blossom clusters of reds, purple, pink or white. The bark on these plants has a very smooth texture, and the foliage is a lovely color of bright green that has a remarkable contrast for the blooms. They are fast growing and very hardy. They can reach the maturity of 25 feet or more and be up to 20 feet in diameter when mature. They can also be kept trimmed to a certain height if desired. These are guaranteed to be healthy and ready for planting.