Crape Myrtles are not just for the South
Looking for a small tree or shrub that blooms for over two months in late summer, has leaves which turn a beautiful fall color, and in winter displays a most handsome, peeling bark? Then perhaps Crape Myrtle, long a mainstay of Southern gardens, is the answer. In the last 15 years many new varieties have been bred to withstand our Long Island winters.
Tree-form varieties will mature to a height of 15 to 20 feet, while shrub-form varieties can be as small as 1 to 2 feet tall. Flower colors range from white to lavender, soft pink to a vibrant hot pink and red.
The winter appeal of Crape Myrtle with its rich cinnamon-colored peeling bark and graceful branch architecture