Purple Crepe Myrtle
If you live in zones six through nine and are looking for a fast-growing, hearty, drought-tolerant tree that will become a focal point of your yard, you can’t go wrong with a purple crepe myrtle. When in bloom from early summer through fall, this lovely deciduous tree will create a delightful explosion of color. These lovely trees reach can reach 25 feet high and 20 feet wide at maturity. They prefer moist, well-drained soils and can tolerate full sun to partial sun spots. If you love color and butterflies and hummingbirds, you will love Lagerstroemia Indica Purpurea, which is a magnet for these beneficial flying garden visitors. Purple Crepe Myrtle leaves are a deep bronze hue in the spring. In summer, the leaves turn bright green and the tree’s green berries appear. These berries, which mature to a dark brown color, attract birds. Even the smooth, flaky bark of the crepe myrtle is pleasing to behold. Crepe myrtles provide a nice border between yards and also are ideal along fence lines. They cab be pruned to resemble a wall-manicured tree or left alone to develop unique wind-shaped branch configurations. Crepe myrtles bloom on new wood, so prune them in winter or early spring for maximum blooming. These trees are amazing and can also provide lovely color in the fall. These trees provide lovely small leaves that change to yellow and red and do eventually fall from the trees. These are a great way to bring a lot of color and curb appeal to all homes and lawns where they are planted. The Lavender Crepe Myrtle is part of the Lagerstroemia species of woody trees and as its name suggests blooms lush lavender flowers. It is a very fast growing tree that may even grow from seed to bloom in a season. The lavender purplish flowers bear crimped frilly petals resembling crepe paper blooming 120 days out of the year giving the trees 4-5months of rich color great for vased flower arrangements. Its leaves are opposite and simple and vary from 2–8 inches. On average it reaches a mature height of 20 feet with a similar sized spread while hundreds of years of cultivation have led to many different cultivars including dwarf cultivars which may grow as 4-6 foot tall shrubs 3-4 feet in spread but in the wild heights are varied and may be as short as 1 foot to as high as 100 feet tall. This woody tree’s bark sheds through the year giving it a mottled appearance. The Lavender Crepe Myrtle loves the sun and heat requiring a hot summer to bloom successfully with abundant flower clusters, and while it is a drought resistant tree it is also frost resistant and may grow in mild winter areas. In the winter they are sometimes pruned to a bare trunk by gardeners as in colder areas they may die off from harsh winters but regrow from the well-developed root system and trunk. They are popular in landscaping with a variety of uses. Hedges and borders are one such popular use as they can be planted in rows.
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