Green spring foliage to crimson flowers in summer!
Crape Myrtle is a perennial favorite in the Northwest due to minimal water requirements in our dry summers and long bloom time, from July to frost. The spectacular flowers grace our city streets when much has passed from flowering in the garden, in the long hot days of summer. Drought tolerance is a huge plus– and then there is the remarkable shedding bark on the oldest trees, a cinnamon-brown resembling the paper-bark maple, but with the species’ great limb structure to distinguish the winter silhouette. This one bloomed for months, then gave crimson fall color the first year, a dry year for us, and brilliant yellow fall foliage the second year as a bonsai, highlighted with specs of crimson and flame orange. Breath-taking! Ten Years Old. $260