Iconic Crape Myrtles - The ‘Lilac of the South’

by Patrick Greenwald 2014
When I was growing up, my mother’s favorite tree and shrub in our yard was a Magnolia grandiflora, and a deep rose pink flowering Lagerstroemia hybrid crape myrtle at our front mailbox. This would not be too uncommon of a planting here in North Carolina, but you see where I grew up and began my career in horticulture, in St. Louis Missouri, it was pushing the cold hardy range of these gorgeous shrubs. Our crape myrtle never got very tall, and the magnolia always suffered from winter burn, shedding a great majority of its leaves each spring.

3g Gulf Stream Nandina
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