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What are some varieties of crepe myrtle?

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Some varieties of crepe myrtle trees include the Japanese crepe myrtle, the crepe myrtle and the queen’s crepe myrtle. The Japanese crepe myrtle grows 20 to 30 feet tall and produces white flowers in early summer. The crepe myrtle produces white, pink, red or purple flowers. The queen’s crepe myrtle grows 25 to 30 feet tall and produces white, pink, lavender or purple flowers in June and July.

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All varieties of crepe myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring. Flowers should be clipped off during the growing season to encourage a second bloom. Crepe myrtles grow best in a sunny location where the air moves freely. This prevents powdery mildew and other diseases from occurring. The crepe myrtle came to England from China in 1759, but it did not bloom there because England was not hot enough to support the tree. The tree was introduced to Charleston in 1786 and thrived in the South’s heat. During the fall, crepe myrtle leaves turn red or orange, and the tree flowers during the summer. Crepe myrtles grow quickly and can tolerate droughts. They are found in many different shapes and sizes, and they have arching branches.

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