Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 10:54 am Posts: 133 Location: Dallas,TX
In my neighborhood, most of the old cultivars of crape myrtles are just now blooming. I think (though my memeory is sketchy) that last year they bloomed earlier than usual. Previous years had also been late). What is your experience? Does the rain/drought cycle so affect the crape myrtles that they may bloom on a different schedule year to year?
Kay in Lakewood, west of White Rock Lake
I have a very large crepe myrtle that was old and large when I moved to this house eighteen years ago - so I am suspecting it is at least 25-30 years old..and I have some newer ones that I planted about 10 years ago - the old lady bloomed much later, and less abundantly this year than the younger ones. Now, my old lady is a pink crepe myrtle, while the young whipper-snappers are a dark magenta..and that may have something to do with the difference in bloom times. I live in North Dallas, south of LBJ
I think that crepe myrtles have the most beautiful patterns on the bark of almost any shrub/tree in my yard..I thank the first person to figure out that these Chinese natives would do so well in Texas!
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