Showy Summer Long Flowers from the Tropical Crepe Myrtle

Showy Summer

long flowers from the Tropical Crepe Myrtle typically associated with warm climates of Asia and South America the Crepe Myrtle (genus: Lagerstroemia family: Lythracea) has been making it’s way slowly Northwards. Preferring sheltered locations the Crepe Myrtle is hardy to zone 6+ with hardier varieties gaining popularity due to their ability to re-grow even after extreme winters.

Having grown the hardier Crepe Myrtles on rooftop and penthouse balconies in Philadelphia I can recommend their durability. Late to come into leaf I suggest patience as once the Lagerstroemia starts to leaf out, it grows very quickly and flowers on new season’s wood.
Native to Asia and Japan, crepe myrtles in mild climates will grow to a multi-stemmed tree with attractive bark.
Exposed locations or gardens below zone 6 can see the crepe myrtle cut down to ground-level in pro-longed winter storms. Often sprouting fast growing stems in late Spring.
Several shades from pure white, pale pink to almost red have become popular strains.
The seed pod’s bake in the Fall sun and split open to disperse seeds leaving a decorative star shaped dry casing that holds strong through much of the winter weather.
Growing trees from seeds is a favorite past-time of mine and highly rewarding, requiring a little skill and knowledge to germinate the seeds of crepe myrtle are easily grown and fast to produce a small tree or multi-stemmed shrub. Grow with me on

Stephen Pryce-Lea

Head Gardener and International Horticultural Consultant

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