Crepe or Crape Myrtles

Crape or crepe myrtles are blooming all over Georgia now. Originally from Asia they grace the south as the longest blooming tree flowering from 60 – 120 days. They can grow as tall as 100 feet and one of mine is near it now. As insects adore and devour the sap of the crepe myrtle they are great to plant around other plants that you don’t want insects bothering as most nurseries do. Rather than one trunk there are numerous and in the winter the older ones have a gorgeous hue to the trunks. They are hardy and disease resistant. Wendy came to visit once while they were blooming all the way in from the airport and she and Scott thought they were lilacs that don’t do well in the south.