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Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtle is a fast-growing, small to medium-sized, tree that produces large, colorful flowers over a long period from midsummer to fall. The foliage is attractive in fall and the textured bark provides winter interest. Another common name is southern lilac. Crape myrtle does best in warm summer areas. Flower colors include pink, red, purple, and white, depending on the variety. Most grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide, with some shorter varieties growing only 3 to 5 feet tall. Dwarf varieties can be grown in containers. Crape Myrtles flourish best in full sun, which will provide exceptional flowering. Any moderate to well-drained soil is acceptable for planting (including clay, loam, or sandy soils), so long as the soil is oxygenated.