Typically associated with tropical 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.
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.
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