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Crepe Myrtle Tree Pictures

Updated on October 17, 2012
Crepe  Myrtle Trees along Mamre Road St Marys NSW
Crepe Myrtle Trees along Mamre Road St Marys NSW | Source

Plant Details

Common Name: Crepe Myrtle

Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica

Plant description: A deciduous, vase-shaped tree about 6 - 8 m (about 18-25 ft.) tall with a 5 m (about 15 ft) spread.

Crepe Myrtles are plants for all seasons. They flower in late summer with clusters of white, pink, lavender or deep red crepe-like blooms.

In autumn, the leaves colour before dropping. Autumn foliage colour depends on the variety grown but may range from yellow and copper bronze or orange-red to dark red.

The crepe myrtles have many good points, it has beautiful flowers and have flowers till autumn. These trees also get better with age, as the trunk develops a wonderful appearance and the bark exfoliates in summer to give a gorgeous look with patches of pink, grey and brown. During the winter months the beauty of the smooth silver and gold coloured bark can be appreciated

It can be heavily pruned in winter to encourage the development of arching branches of flowers. Crepe myrtles can be propagated by hard wood cutting in winter or by seed in spring.


Crepe Myrtle Trunk


Crepe myrtles grow well in most parts of Australia. In the suburb where I live, different variety grows. Crepe myrtle have liven up this area, you can find this tree in parks, garden and even in my little courtyard.

I have captured a few of them and will be scouting more once the flowering season starts.

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    • profile image 6 years ago

      one of my crepe myrtle's leaves are a burnt orange color. Bark looks ok, but other trees don't look like this. Could it being dying? It's probably 9 yrs. old.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      MM Del Rasario! They indeed are beautiful! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Jesyca 7 years ago

      I have a CM that I pruned way back after we moved in it was in severe distress and Im certain that it was being attacked by a fungus, I have been tending to it and it has sprung back up with tons of new growth. I would like to relocate it though to a more logical place in my back yard and was wondering of you have any suggetions as to how I could do that.

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      Katrina Ariel 7 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Crepe Myrtles are so beautiful! There is one outside our family's home in New Orleans that has been there for generations. It was taken out by Hurricane Katrina, but is now a very healthy bush taller than me with a happy little nest in it.

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      Flowering Trees 8 years ago

      Hey, I love your blog. My husband does a lot of work with flowering trees too! I think you'll like his site!

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      lancedimetri 9 years ago from Philippines

      Hope we can grow them back in the Philippines, Maani or Maalab? Nice pictures you took them? Amazing flora...

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      William Kho 9 years ago

      What lovely tress....wish that I have them around too.

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      Rees Cowden 9 years ago

      MIne are just now starting to set buds. I can't wait!

      rees cowden

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Just plain lovely my dear..Thanks for sharing. G-Ma :o) hugs