crape myrtle


Definition of crape myrtle 

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

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Trees include Wise apple, magnolia, birch, maple, cedar and crape myrtle. Janet Eastman,, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 Your local garden center horticulturist can help select one of the newer systemic fungicides labeled for powdery mildew control on crape myrtles. Tom Maccubbin,, "White coating on crape myrtle is fungus," 26 May 2018 Howard says around 80 percent of landscaping in New Orleans is composed of non-native plants, such as crape myrtles, azaleas and hydrangeas. Kendra Parks,, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 May 2018 The past two winters have done serious damage to several popular varieties of crape myrtles in North Texas, notably Natchez, Tuscarora and Muskogee. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Overgrown shrubs? Thinning turfgrass? Here are solutions to common gardening struggles," 13 June 2018 Newer crape myrtles are normally powdery mildew-free with full sun exposures and in unprotected areas. Tom Maccubbin,, "Summer heat, rain not kind to geraniums," 30 June 2018 On the right side of the yard, white crape myrtles, red knockout roses and nandina add color and depth. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "It's no wonder they call this backyard the 'Second Street Country Club'," 31 May 2018 Be the courageous one who does not top the crape myrtles. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here, an expert's guide to help you maximize returns on time, expenses in gardening," 16 Feb. 2018 Cuyamaca’s nursery is a learning lab for students on the identification, care and landscape uses of Southern California’s ornamental trees and shrubs such as sumac, sage and crape myrtle. Karen Pearlman,, "Spring events set for April 29 at Water Conservation Garden," 13 Apr. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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