Queen’s crape myrtle is a single-trunked flowering tree that grows up to 60 feet. Native to India, China, and Australia, Queen’s crape myrtle is a popular landscaping tree in the tropics. Imported to Hawaii by Dr. Hillabrand, his original specimen still grows at Foster’s botanical garden. It is considered the largest Queen’s crape myrtle in the USA.
A deciduous tree, its leaves turn red right before they are shed. After that, the large rounded crown becomes densely packed with purple flowers. From terminal panicles grow foot-long clusters of lavender flowers. This striking floral display lasts a few weeks.
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