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Crape Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle Tree
The crape myrtle is a small- to medium-sized tree with strikingly beautiful flowers that bloom in the summer. It's planted widely in the South. In Central Park, the crape myrtle can be found in Conservatory Garden and west of Alice in Wonderland.

Common Name: Crape Myrtle

Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica

Origin: Asia

Family: Lythraceae

Size: 10' - 30' tall, 10' - 30' wide

Form: Round to oval

Culture: Prefer well-drained; sandy soils


1" - 3" long, oval, opposite or alternate


White, pink, or purple


Green to brown, appear in late summer


Pinkish-gray, smooth