crape myrtle

noun

Definition of crape myrtle

: an Asian shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family widely grown in warm regions for its flowers

Examples of crape myrtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though most of the trees were reserved for pickup, some were available for same-day adoption — coast live oaks, Canary Island pines, a crape myrtle with showy summer flowers. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Other medium-size trees to consider for your landscape include anaqua, crape myrtle, Mexican plum, Mexican olive and redbud. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Excessive pruning causes stunting and leads to unattractive scars that require time to heal; the rank growth stimulated by severe pruning may make a crape myrtle more susceptible to disease and cold damage. oregonlive, 13 Feb. 2022 Maybe a crape myrtle, St Luke’s flowering plum or chaste tree could be substituted. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Aug. 2021 What are these eggs/insects on the trunk of my crape myrtle? Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Early to mid-August would be the latest to trim ends of crape myrtle branches and expect more blooms. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Jacarandas have closed up shop for the year, but in July and August, crape myrtle trees, with their pink-and-violet palette, natives of Taiwan, can be just as dramatic. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 Most newer crape myrtle varieties are resistant to the disease but can still become affected if leaves are shaded or in areas of poor air circulation. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 5 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crape myrtle

1850, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jun 2022

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“Crape myrtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crape%20myrtle. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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