Jun 9, 2017

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The Southern Spotlight – Crape Myrtle

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How could Crape Myrtles not steal the spotlight? They have a year-round flowering plant with an impressive bark. Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are a deciduous tree, meaning that they lose their leaves seasonally. While they hold their value year-round, they are most impressive in full bloom.

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Crape Myrtle trees are part of a large family with many varieties. Most are umbrella shaped and have several stems. Crape Myrtles bloom bright hues in the summer and deeper hues in the fall. They create a warm entrance and look great standing alone or with trees/shrubs to compliment. They pair exceptionally well with darker green hues.

Several things to be aware of include placement, bark peeling, and pruning. In regards to placement, make sure you give the Crape Myrtle all the spotlight it deserves. They flourish in the sunlight. Their bark does shed, but don’t worry, newer and healthier layers are underneath. Pruning is best to do in the winter. Pruning is very important while the tree is young to develop strong shoots. It will flourish with age. You may also want to lightly prune them during the summer to keep blooms fresh.

Crape Myrtles have been the joy of the south since 1786 when King Louis XVI introduced them to Charleston, South Carolina. Today, it ranks as the South’s most popular and ornamental tree. They make great yard dividers for homes in crowded neighborhoods or fillers for open land.

Contact us with questions on our Crape Myrtle varieties or installation.