Crepe Myrtle


Crepe Myrtles are trees that do not get a second look in the south.  They are everywhere.   Crepe Myrtles are in every yard, parking lot and business.  They are a part of our everyday life.


But the Crepe Myrtles give us beautiful color from June to September. The flowering time can be extended if the spent blooms are removed.  They range in shades of pink, purple and white.  Some are tall trees, as the ones photographed here, or can be grown short like a shrub.


As they age, the Crepe Myrtles’ bark peels revealing a smooth trunk.  They can easily survive the heat and go dormant to make it through the winter.


While other flowering trees have a short bloom time, the Crepe Myrtles provide beauty for the whole summer.


7 Comments on “Crepe Myrtle”

  1. mattb325 says:

    They are lovely, and tough trees. They also give fantastic autumn colour. One of my favourite trees for the heat 🙂

  2. We don’t have this in Canada – at lest, not in Ontario. But this is one of my favorite trees. Thanks for this.

  3. Jardin says:

    Yes, they do indeed remind me of lilacs, but this is a very pretty colour. Also I love the peeling trunks – a real bonus and something that the lilac doesn’t have, lilacs can be very boring out of the flowering season!

  4. The classical tree of the South. I love Catawba and the few other purple and violet cultivars!

  5. Love those peely barks–very picturesque!!!

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