Crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia) are native to Southeast Asia, including regions such as China, Korea, and Japan.

The botanical name comes from Magnus von Lagerström, a Swedish merchant and director of the Swedish East India Company, who provided Carl Linnaeus with plant specimens from East Asia. Linnaeus, in turn, named the genus in honor of Lagerström.

Known for their vibrant and long-lasting summer blooms, come in various types, including dwarf, medium, and tall varieties, each offering unique landscaping uses.

Dwarf crepe myrtles, which reach heights of 2-5 feet, are perfect for small gardens, container planting, or as colorful ground covers.

Medium-sized varieties, growing between 6-15 feet, serve well as striking hedge plants or standalone focal points in garden beds.

Tall crepe myrtles, soaring over 20 feet, are often used as ornamental shade trees or to line driveways and streets, providing both aesthetic appeal and practical shade.

These crepe myrtles can be pruned to maintain desired shapes, adding versatility to various landscape designs, and their beautiful peeling bark provides winter interest.

They thrive in hot climates and are highly drought-resistant once established, making them suitable for regions with harsh summer conditions.

Their ability to withstand poor soil and pollution also makes them a hardy choice for urban environments.

Furthermore, crepe myrtles attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to the health and biodiversity of the garden ecosystem.

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