We are told that the crape myrtle in our front yard is as old as the house, which was built in 1965. It’s a large, well-established, beautiful plant, taller than the roof, and I completely adore it.
Crape myrtles were introduced into North America in South Carolina, back in 1790, and have been tremendously successful. The genus originated in East and Southeast Asia.
|common name||Crape Myrtle|
|kingdom||Plantae; subkingdom Tracheobionta|
|phylum||Spermatophyta; subphylum Magnoliaphyta|
|class||Magnoliopsida; subclass Rosidae|
|IUCN status||Not evaluated|