queen's crape myrtle

noun
variants: or less commonly queen crape myrtle

Definition of queen's crape myrtle

:a deciduous tree (Lagerstroemia speciosa) native to tropical Asia that has oval to oblong leathery leaves, showy usually pink to purple flowers borne in large clusters, and reddish brown smooth moderately hard durable wood
Note: The queen's crape myrtle is often grown in warm regions as an ornamental tree.
  • The queen's crape myrtle, L. speciosa, is a tall tree with hefty spikes of flowers in June and July. … In the fall, the robust leaves turn vivid red and fall after cold spells.
  • —James WatsonMiami (Florida) Herald27 May 1990
  • Unusual tropicals include … a queen crape myrtle with huge lilac clusters and orchids hanging from trees and on the fence.
  • —Bette SmithSt. Petersburg (Florida) Times20 Aug. 1993
called also banaba, pride of India

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