Crape myrtle is a large tree, often multistemmed, with an upright, open crown. Native to China, Indochina, Himalayas, Japan, crape myrtle has been cultivated since antiquity. Today, it is commonly grown in tropical and warm places. On the mainland, it can grow as far north as Virginia. Here on the islands, it can grow up to a medium elevation.
Crepe myrtle is a fast grower that needs full sun. With unobtrusive roots, it is a perfect street tree. Crepe myrtle puts on a spectacular show when in full bloom in the Springtime.
It is suitable for xeriscaping. However, water deeply when it is planted. It is moderately salt and wind tolerant.
Crepe myrtle is briefly deciduous. Copious bunches of flowers are produced in the Spring, ranging from purple to pink to white. A perfect ornamental tree for those with allergies, and it provides no scent.
Parts of the tree are used medicinally in other countries.
Sow fresh seeds. Scarify before planting. Germination occurs in 4 weeks.
- Container plant
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers