It is called the 'Lilac of late summer', it is the Crape Myrtle. We learn about them and how to grow them
Crape Myrtle, Southern Gardening, Sept. 19, 2012
If there is one plant that could be called the flower of the south, it has to be the crape myrtle. Colorful flower clusters put on a show from early summer through late fall. Here at the MSU South Mississippi Branch Station in Poplarville crape myrtles have been grown and evaluated for over 25 years. The spectacular flowers are actually large panicles composed of many small flowers. These panicles can be more than eight inches long. Flower colors range from white, shades of pink and purple, and rich reds. The small flowers have a crinkled edge resembling crepe paper, hence the name. Crape myrtles have other outstanding qualities. As the tree mature the bark begins to peel or exfoliate revealing the inner bark colors ranging from gray-green to dark cinnamon-red. The solid green summer foliage transitions to a bright red-orange in the fall. There is a new crape myrtle called Delta Jazz that I'm really excited about, and it was developed at Mississippi State. Delta Jazz has unusual foliage, emerging rich raspberry maroon and then maturing to dark mahogany brown. This foliage color accents the clusters of medium pink flowers in the late summer. Delta Jazz makes a fantastic landscape feature plant. If you would like more information about crape myrtles please request the Extension publication Crape Myrtle: Flower of the South from your county Extension office or msucares.com. Crape myrtles are a landscape favorite throughout the South because of the showy flowers and interesting bark. I'm horticulturist Gary Bachman for Southern Gardening.
Crape Myrtles: Info and Maintenance
Here in the City of Monroe, we take pride in being a Tree City USA , so we are doing everything we can to maintain the health of our trees. Between 2009 and 2011, we had quite a few snow storms that damaged a lot of our trees.
Crape Myrtle Symmetry | The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
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Tree ID: Crape Myrtle-Lagerstroemia
Don't EVER cut these trees so they are stumpy branches, that damages the plant. Crape Myrtle Pruning (Crape Murder) is one of the most bizarre spring rituals for people who copy their neighbors without a clue that they are ruining their plants. If you have any questions on trees please ask below. Enjoy the intro why you can, adding the intro and processing this video has now overheated my laptop! Thanks for watching and remember to subscribe.
Crape Myrtle Varieties with Larry ONeil
Crape Myrtles Varieties with Landscape Contractor Larry ONeil. Filli Red, Filli Lavender, Delta Jazz are showcased. www.LarrysGarden.com
The correct form of a Crape Myrtle
The Crape Myrtle in this video has been properly maintained so as to allow the form to be of the natural form. the only pruning has been to remove suckers that may come up from the base as well as other lower branches that may intrude in walking and driveway space.