crape myrtle

noun

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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There are reports that in the 1830s, Irish families seeking refuge from Indian attacks on Irish enclaves in San Patricio and Refugio settled at the then-remote outpost close to streams, flush with crape myrtles and pecan trees. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Irish immigrants settled flat, low-lying land north of the Alamo," 16 Mar. 2018 Beyond her front fence, which is covered in jasmine, Gielec also improved the patch of land between the sidewalk and the street, planting two large Country Red crape myrtles and illuminated them with landscaping lighting. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "With concrete gone, Central City front yard wins third place in NOLA.com garden contest," 16 Feb. 2018 Trees include Wise apple, magnolia, birch, maple, cedar and crape myrtle. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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, NOLA.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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