The Tropical Gardener | Plant of the Month (August): Crape Myrtles

A Crape Myrtle in full bloom. Courtesy of Charles Nicholls.

The Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are a magnificent and beautiful plant for the summer garden that flowers from July through September.

They can be grown as shrubs or small flowering trees, and are sometimes grown as a colorful hedge. 

The bark is smooth and in the winter months it peels to expose different shades of gray.

There is a wide range in plant growth and size, however in plant Zones 10a and 10b (Broward County. Fl.) most varieties generally reach a height of 6-8’ and grow 5-6’ in width, however, I have seen some tree-like forms reaching 15-18’ in height.

The prolific, wrinkled-like crape paper, flowers are most often in various shades of pinks, reds, whites, and shades of lilac with dark purple foliage. Its colorful blooms support wildlife such as birds and bees that produces small brown seed capsules in the Fall and Winter. They require moderate water and prefer full sun. An example of newly planted Crape Myrtles are in full bloom as one drives into the entrance to Holy Cross Hospital.

Learn more about gardens by joining the Equality Garden Club: Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Hagen Park Community Center, 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



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