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ltcroucher
A friend gave me six crepe myrtles just at the end of summer. Planted them in the front and back of the house. They are still looking a bit scraggly but look forward to when they are in their full glory. My father who comes from the Philippines say that the tropical crepe myrtle is used as an antidiabetic.
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Ford Chance

My grandmother had crepe myrtles along the edges of their circular gravel driveway when they still lived in a rural area and farmed. I have always loved them, and have now had some at our last 3 houses over a period of 35 years. When we bought this house, the landscaper had planted 2 of the common dark pink varieties. I bought 3 hybrid light purple ones for the islands next to the street. We now have about 15 to 20 that have proliferated from the original 5. And I have given my son several to transplant. All are beautiful. We have an island in the back that had native mountain laurel in it, and some of the crepes grew in among and on the outside of that. The laurel only blooms for a short period, but when the crepes and the laurel bloom together, it is truly a wonder of nature. The amazing thing is that many of the "volunteers" are a very, very pale pink. I don't know if the others got cross pollinated or if seeds from others outside our property got naturally planted on our property. I have never seen the color in a nursery on crepe myrtles. It looks like the color in roses and some other flowers that is called blushing bride. I have most of mine pruned, and think they look better that way. If you don't many will grow into very tall scraggly looking tree shrubs. Also, if you don't keep the interior limbs pruned out, there will be overgrowth, and also make them more susceptible to disease, and less blooms. The bottoms tend to have a lot of overgrowth also both off the trees and off the roots. And, it is not true that they will die at some point in time if you prune them. Also, in answering the question about roots damaging foundations and driveways, they will do that sometimes after they get large and need large roots for their continued growth, but they are not as bad as other decorative trees. I think some of them do not bloom prolifically every season. The pale pink ones we have have done that a couple of seasons, and also the standard dark pink ones,
So, now, tell me how to keep Carolina Cherry or Cherry Laurel or whatever it is from overtaking everything.

   

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