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10 Facts You Might Not Know About the Crape Myrtle

One of summertime's best and brightest: the Crape Myrtle

If you’ve driven anywhere in the Southeast, you’ve seen the bright and cheerful flowers of the Crape Myrtle. They’re pretty easy to maintain and the colors last for most of the summer. But what do you know about them? Enjoy these facts about the Crape Myrtle.

crape myrtle facts

1. Originally from India, Southeast Asia and northern Australia.

2. Crape Myrtles arrived in the United States in 1790 to Charleston, SC by French botanist Andre Michaux.

3. The plant can be as small as 3 feet high while other varieties grow up to 30+ feet high! There are even a few miniature bushes out there. Check out this reference chart from the tree center of the most popular trees.

4. Colors range from white to light pink to lavender, dark pink, red and violet.

5. The trees shed their bark over the course of the year.

6. Crape myrtle seedpods can stain concrete.

7. The tree can be spelled ‘crape’ or ‘crepe.’

8. Can’t get enough of Crape Myrtles? Check out the trail north of Dallas in McKinney, Tex.

9. It gets its name from the the wrinkled petals of the flower that resembles crepe paper.

10. Watch it grow up to two feet in height every year until it reaches maturity.


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