Beautiful tree trunk - Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia fauriei) with ixora at left base

I love the bark and shape of the Crape Myrtle tree trunk. It is not native to Texas, but it thrives and is so widely grown here that it appears on all the lists of preferred Texas trees. It can be grown as a shrub or a small tree (although some of them here in Austin are extremely large, towering over houses). The bloom period is long and colorful.

  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Thank you, Gabriel_flr. I love your swan photos.
  • Ilia Alshanetsky 6y

    nicely framed
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  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Thanks for the invitation, Dr. Ilia.
  • orchid dude 6y

    Hi Patricia, love these guys do you ever have a problem with mildew on the leaves?

    Also are you to tell me that Ixora made it through the winter looking that good or did you just plant it? : - )
  • Ottavia Piluso 6y

    seen in the A Year in My Garden group
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  • Theresa 6y

    I am back, lovely tree trunk. Keep putting photos of your garden on, as i just love it.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Hi Alfred. No, I never have a problem with mildew on my Crape Myrtle leaves -- zinnias, yes, but not Crape Myrtle. My only Crape Myrtle complaint -- and it's specific to this one of mine -- is that it blooms very late in the season and I don't know why. They're already blooming all over Austin, but not mine. The ixora is actually in a pot, which I had to drag into the garden shed every time frost threatened.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Thanks Ottavia for your comment.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Theresa, welcome back! Thank you so much for the encouragement. I'll definitely keep posting garden photos!
  • magro_kr 6y

    I saw this tree-mendous photo on
    Arboreal, the art of trees
    Arboreal
  • *christine** 6y

    The bark of the crepe myrtle is indeed lovely!
    Our crepe myrtle had very few blossoms this year which was a disappointment. I'm wondering if a possum which has taken up residence nearby is responsible but I've been unable to discover whether they do actually eat the blossoms. I know possums like roses!
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    I'm sorry your crape myrtle was bloom deficient this year, Christine. I had no idea that possums eat roses. Poor little nearly-blind creatures. Maybe the fragrance guides them to their lovely dinner. Roses are certainly edible, but I've never heard of Crape Myrtles being eaten by man or beast. Hope for more blooms next year!
  • floodthelast 6y

    That is a beautiful tree, I'll have to add them to my list of someday in a bigger yard shrubs.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Thanks, Flood. The beauty of this tree goes far beyond the bark and trunk. The flowers are spectacular. They bloom in all shades of pink, lavender, white and recently a red. They're blooming all over Austin right now and they'll last through the summer. Then the foliage turns reddish. Many of the old ones are thirty or forty feet high or more, but most people keep theirs as a small garden tree. There is also a dwarf variety that can be grown, like the full size variety, either as a bushy shrub or a tree form. Just a great tree! Mine own are a problem -- they're apparently not happy with their exposure because they don't bloom until very late in the season. But this tree, at least for Austin, is an absolute garden necessity. I'll try to get some photos of these in bloom.
  • jacki-dee 6y

    Oh, this is stunning. And sensual. In Oregon, these trees have just begun to be planted, as more cold-hardy varieties are developed. I've only seen young small ones: this trunk is beautiful.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    For me this bark is reminiscent of the manzanita trees in Southern Oregon -- not quite as red, but similar.
  • kevbeaux 6y

    Oh I love the trunks of the crepe myrtle. My office is on the ground floor and there are berms up to the windows. My windows have three beautifull multi-trunked myrtles. The birds, squirrels and POSSUMS hide in them.
  • pawightm (Patricia) 6y

    Sounds delightful. I've never seen anything in mine, but they're right out in the open and I don't think they'd be a good place to hide.
  • just_ginge2007 6y

    wonderful, and so pretty with the orange flowers and wicker in the background.
  • Rick9222 4y

    It looks like plastic woow
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