The crepe myrtle, also spelled crape myrtle, is one of the hardiest shrubs in the south. It can take the heat and go days without water. It starts blooming the end of June and will bloom until the first frost.
It can be left as a shrub or trimmed to look like a tree.
As this plant gets older, the trunk becomes thicker.
Red, pink, white and purple are the most popular colors you will see in our neighborhood. I have planted the pink and red ones for our yard.
I am amazed at the hardiness of these shrubs. We had a very hard winter and I thought that I had lost most of ours to the freezing temperatures. I cut back all the dead limbs and it wasn't long, once warm temperatures arrived, that they all came back with profuse foilage. I love this shrub so much that I have planted twelve in our backyard since moving here. I've been warned by my hubby not to plant anymore because he says they are hard to mow around. I've told him not to worry... (smile).