Location: island planting, Lilac Lane
Approximate blooming period: June
Origin: China, Korea, India
Name: also known as Crepe Myrtle
Habitat: Hardy to USDA Zone 7
Height and Form: Deciduous tree-shrub, 3-15+ ft, depending upon the clone, upright.
Foliage and Bark: Leaves opposite, or the upper ones alternate or in whorls of three, simple, 2.5-7.5 cm long, margin entire, elliptic or obovate to oblong, dark green, usually with a slight gloss. Peeling bark, pale brown to gray, is an attractive winter feature.
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: bright flowers, with crumpled petals (like crepe paper or crape), on end of branches in summer (current season's growth). Many cultivars with flowers colors that range from white, pink, purple, to deep red
Culture: Full sun, moist well-drained soil. Prefers hot, sunny climates (e.g., southeastern US) where it blooms in summer, but in the Pacific Northwest it blooms in late summer or not at all in very cool summers.