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 The nursery folks planted these crape myrtles probably too close to the house. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Blackened roses-of-Sharon victims of sooty mold, aphids," 10 Oct. 2019 Removing the seedpods on large crape myrtles would not be practical. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to deal if your lawn’s in excessive shade," 2 Aug. 2019 The beautification work, which includes the planting of 10,000-11,000 trees, boasts pine, crape myrtles and oleander varieties. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "TxDOT keeps U.S. 290 projects moving forward in Cypress area," 5 Aug. 2019 Some possibilities would be western redbud (Cercis occidentalis), saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana), golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata), or some of the smaller crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia). oregonlive, "Can I plant some dwarf trees on a retaining wall? Ask an expert," 31 Aug. 2019 Bailey has introduced a white-flowering crape myrtle shrub — Lunar Magic — that will cycle into bloom every 40 days or so. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Sunflowers in October? Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again.," 21 Aug. 2019 The imaginative garden vibe also includes an oversize checkerboard for games, a curvy bench encircling a crape myrtle tree, and colorful, oversize mushroom sculptures and spiral topiaries. Washington Post, "From Zen to zany, backyards with style and personality," 23 July 2019 And finally, the best little tree choices for those areas in full sun include desert willow, Eve's necklace, crape myrtle and mesquite. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Not big on big trees? These little ones grow well in sun and shade," 9 July 2019 Avoid buying crape myrtles if the nursery does not have a chart reporting mildew resistance. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of crape myrtle

1850, in the meaning defined above

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10 Feb 2020

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“Crape myrtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crape%20myrtle. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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