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Purple Crepe Myrtle - 25 Trees

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Muskogee CrepeMyrtle - Lagerstroemia spp

The crepe myrtle is commonly found across the southern sections of the United States as a landscaping tree, providing a riot of color in early fall. Brownish to gray bark on a thin to medium trunk peels off to reveal newer bark that's light gray.

Glossy green leaves can turn color in fall, depending on the variety. The crepe myrtle is known for its abundant blooms, which look like clusters of ruffles that come in colors ranging from white to deep purples and reds. A few varieties have light to medium lavender or bicolor lavender flowers: Light lavender: Powhatan, Apalachee, and Muskogee. Medium lavender: Zuni and Lipan Bicolor: Conestoga and Yuma. Varieties reach less than 10 feet in height to over 30 feet, some with corresponding canopy spreads.

Muskogee Crepe Myrtle Chartacteristics

Canopy shapes range from round to upright, and some may have branches hanging down. These trees are moderate growers that like full sun and can do with moderate water. You'll often find varieties in drought-prone Southern California and wetter areas like the U.S. Southeast. L. speciosa is a tropical tree and tends to be a fast grower that needs good trimming routines. Gardeners should note the cold hardiness zones, as some varieties are hardier than others. Frosts and freezes can affect foliage appearance.

A few varieties may bloom twice during summer, but late summer to fall usually produces the most excellent show. Trimming must be done wisely. Many gardeners cut back crepe myrtles to stumps (known as "crepe murder"). Still, late-winter pruning back to a bud or fork -- and removing only a couple of feet to control height -- ensures that the remaining branches are strong enough not to bend under the weight of the floral panicles.

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