The crape myrtle is native to southeast Asia, northern Australia and parts of Oceania. It was first introduced to America in 1790 in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, you can find them in just about every state. Its blooms can be white, pink, purple or red. In Central Park, the crape myrtle can be found in Conservatory Garden and west of Alice in Wonderland.
Leaves1-3 inches long, oval, opposite or alternate
FruitGreen to brown, appear in late summer
FlowerWhite, pink, or purple