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 Spencer says crape myrtles are in his top five of favorite trees. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 The crape myrtle bark scale has crept into the D.C. region in recent years. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023 Razzle Dazzle dwarf crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) was developed by the renowned plantsman Michael Dirr. Marty Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Aug. 2022 Marcia: Even in the darkest days of winter, nature has something going on — winter berries, the puzzle-like bark of a crape myrtle, the crimson branches of a red twig dogwood, dried ornamental grass seed heads dancing in the wind — that keep us all connected to the earth. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2020 My crape myrtle trunks have black moldy growth. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 The walls keep to mostly a neutral palette, with the exception of a vibrant pink wallpaper in the library, a color inspired by crape myrtle tree blossoms, Bridges says. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2023 Our crape myrtle shrub is sprouting vigorous shoots from the base. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 There are a couple reasons there might be restrictions on your crape myrtle order. oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crape myrtle was in 1850

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“Crape myrtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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crape myrtle

: an Asian shrub widely grown in warm regions for its showy flowers

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