July Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia, commonly known as crepe myrtle, is a genus of around 50 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs native to the Indian subcontinent, southeast Asia, northern Australia, and parts of Oceania, cultivated in warmer climates around the world. It is very popular here in the southeastern USA in growing zones 6 to 10.

When I moved to my home back almost 11 years ago, I fell in love with the large crepe myrtle tree in the back yard. It has light pink flowers.  Behind my house is a fence and really huge trees in my neighbor’s yard.

The second year I was in my home, I had to remove a dying tree in the front yard.  The next year I planted a new small crepe myrtle with hot pink blossoms.  I love that it is covered with flowers each year as it grows.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

30 thoughts to “July Crepe Myrtle”

  1. Carol – the crepe myrtle is beyond amazing – what a wonder of Creation! Thanks for sharing with Mosaic Monday and kicking off this week with style!

  2. The crepe myrtle is indeed a very pretty tree, Carol.
    It reminds me of my parents’ house – Mom used to have a very tall one growing in her garden and we would often use it as a backdrop for our family photos.

  3. Beautiful! I’ve always loved cape myrtle trees from the first time I saw them on a vacation trip! I brought back seeds to New York, where I lived then, and tried to grow a tree in my backyard with no success. I know for sure they won’t grow in Colorado’s climate so I will always have to admire them from afar on other’s photos or visits to the south.

  4. I love Crape Myrtle. It doesn’t do too well here. Not enough sun for a sustained amount of time although this year we have had nonstop sunshine. You pics are excellent. Love the hot pink

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