Crape Myrtles are chiefly known for their intensely colorful and long-lasting flowers. They are a terrific, low-maintenance choice for prolific blooms during hot, humid summers. The Crape Myrtle, also known as the “lilac of the south”, is an easy to grow small blooming tree that grows best in zone 5 and above. They blossom in midsummer through autumn in panicles of crinkled flowers with a crepe-like texture. Flowers are held above the foliage in an impressive summer display when other shrubs and trees are finished blooming for the season. Crape myrtles grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. They can be grown in much of the U.S., except colder climates in the north. After blooming, they develop distinctive seed heads, and then the leaves tend to fall toward the end of autumn, leaving the colorful, exfoliating bark for the winter. This peeling bark adds interest in the winter landscape.
A crape myrtle is any member of the Lagerstroemia genus. It is a deciduous shrub that originates from Southeast Asia, although it now grows wild throughout much of the United States. The crape myrtle bush is a common ornamental shrub due to its hardiness in temperate climates. It should not require any special care once it establishes its root system in a new location.
Look no further than DeGroot for this fantastic plant group if you’re looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, stunning fruit, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom. Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! Whether you choose one variety or one of each, you’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!