Crepe Myrtle Time in Central Florida

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.

Spring is one of my favorite times of year here in central Florida with flowering trees, bushes, and amaryllis. When summer comes, I always look forward to the crepe myrtle trees flowering. I see them everywhere as they are very popular. The second year I was living in my home, an old dying tree in the front yard was leaning toward my neighbor’s home. I had it cut down. The next year I planted a small crepe myrtle tree with hot pink blossoms in the old tree’s spot in the front yard. Several days ago I took photos to share. It’s crepe myrtle time!

Wishing you blue skies and blossoms wherever you are.

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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.

37 thoughts to “Crepe Myrtle Time in Central Florida”

  1. Beautiful!! My sisters live in the Carolinas and I love seeing crepe myrtle when we go visit (though we don’t always time our visits for when they are blooming!).

    1. Unfortunately Michigan cannot be classified as “southern” by any stretch of the imagination. Of course you have apple, cherry, and other fruit trees that don’t grow here. It doesn’t mean I don’t love the photos I see others share of trees and plants that can’t grow here. We can live vicariously. Enjoy the lake and take care.

  2. I may already have told you about the time I was taking a picture of the first blooming crepe myrtle I ever saw (on our first ever RV travel through the South) and some random man passing by asked what I was taking a picture of. (Uh, the beautiful tree?) And he said “oh that’s just a crepe myrtle.” Well — he did teach me what the tree was, but I felt so sorry for him — I don’t think anybody should take anything that beautiful for granted just because he had seen it before!…. So — I’m very glad you don’t take beauty for granted — thanks for sharing it. (And I still don’t see those trees much because they still don’t bloom up here in the Pacific Northwest and I guess we leave Florida before they bloom there.).

    1. I agree it’s sad but many people lose their wonder of nature as they mature. I say be a child in your delight in small things. No, you do miss crepe myrtles because you leave in the spring. It’s almost July before I get blossoms. It truly is a summer bloomer, but you have so many delightful flowers that you can grow that die in the Florida sun. Every place has its beauty.

  3. I love your crepe myrtle!! Tulsa has lots of crepe myrtles and the hotter and more humid it is, the better they seem to like it.

  4. I love crepe myrtles and I can not grow them in my part of New York State, alas. I think the last time I saw them in bloom in person was in 2017, so thank you for sharing. Alana ramblinwitham

    1. It’s remarkable that it can grow as far north as your lovely garden, but you are a gardening wizard!

  5. Hi Carol. Those crepe myrtles are beautiful. We have one down the street in our neighborhood. It’s beautiful when blooming. But then the flowers fall and it looks like pink snow. Thank you for sharing at #aclwcc. I appreciate you.Pinned.

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