East Texas has bragging rights to Azaleas, which require acidic soil and regular moisture. We certainly can’t grow Azaleas here, but boy, can we grow Crape Myrtles in Central and North Texas.
Wild Crape Myrtles come from Asia. Growers tried to develop intense deep flower colors, but true red flowers were always elusive. Finally in 1997, after years of intense breeding, Dr. Carl Whitcomb introduced Dynamite®, the first crape myrtle with true red flowers.
Crape Myrtles come in different colors, sizes, and hardiness. Texas A & M provides good resources for that information.
Crape Myrtles can be Weeping, Dwarfs, Semi Dwarfs, Small Trees or Trees. Colors run the gamut of pinks and red. There are also whites and purples.
Another good site for Crapemyrtle information is from Florida.
In the July/August 2017 edition of the Texas Gardener magazine, there is an article on a new pest attacking our beloved Crapemyrtles. The bark scale is in East Texas, but I haven’t seen any sign of it in this area. One site does give instructions to help control it. Start the procedures in the fall to protect your trees.
This was bought last spring and really, really must be planted in the ground. Got to find a place this fall.
Last May we attended the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio. The speakers were excellent. In the sales area, these “Alamo Fire” Red Crepe Myrtle grabbed my attention. They were developed by a friend of the man selling them.
By the way, there doesn’t seem to be any consistency for the spelling of Crape Myrtle or if it is one word or two. Note the spelling in the above paragraph.
Right after these three were planted, they started blooming. Then something ate the flowers and leaves. Jackrabbits, I suspect because they are permanently ensconced in our yard. Anyway, these metal cages have worked to keep out the culprits.
More info about Crapemyrtles on Plant Answers.
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