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Crepe Myrtle Trees in Texas

Updated on November 13, 2015

2010, A Unique Summer for Trees

The lack of water or the drought in the Texas Hill Country has ended. The trees in our area really suffered through the drought, many even died. The rains began last Fall and recovery began for this area. Sometime last Fall, we had a large hailstorm. Many Austin area trees were pelted with these ice chunks and lost a lot of leaves. The trees looked beat up and slightly bare.

The rains began and the drought lifted. This 2010 Spring was a rainy one, with water tables returning to normal. As summer began, sporadic rain showers have kept the area very green. The trees have recuperated and are especially heavy with greenery this year. Our yard has so much shade from the large oak trees, that once stood stripped from hail, that the St. Augustine grass is suffering underneath.

The flowering trees are especially beautiful this summer with an additional lusciousness not usually found in this area. Especially colorful and prolific are the Crepe Myrtle trees.

Crepe Myrtle Trees

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Messy sidewalks under the Crepe Myrtle tree.
Messy sidewalks under the Crepe Myrtle tree.
Messy sidewalks under the Crepe Myrtle tree.

Crepe Myrtle Bushes

These trees are designed to grow as a bush. With good pruning, they can grow as small trees. It appears that many residents prefer the tree to the bush. The colors of the crepe myrtle range from pale pink to bright pastels to purples. This bush/tree is easy to maintain and grows well in the Texas Hill Country.

Crepe Myrtle trees can be found bordering parking lots, front yards and on office lawns. It is a very popular tree used across the country. They can be messy as they drop their flowers, but they certainly add color to the any landscape!

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    Paula Kirchner 4 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Tiffany, I hope you can grow a crepe myrtle! You can choose from several types and colors!

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    tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

    thank you so much for this hub! i saw the purple (which happens to be my favorite color), and i was drawn to click on the article. i may have to do some extra research and see if these trees would grow in kansas. they are beautiful! great pics! thanks again...blessings!

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    Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

    I love Crepe Myrtles and I am thinking of trying to start some small ones from seed from a couple in my yard in the spring. Crepe Myrtles where I live last longer than any other thing. I love the Camillas too though that are in bloom up until it snows. Sometimes after.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Good to know Susan. Thanks for stopping by!

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    susansisk 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

    Beautiful pics! Crepe Myrtles are amazing in that they can be cut way down to a stump, and still come back.