Crepe Myrtles in Bloom

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The Crepe Myrtle tree (Lagerstroemia sp.) in our garden is in full bloom this week. Lagerstroemia is a genus of 50 species that are native to Asia and Oceania. They are a common ornamental in Osaka with trees in parks and gardens all over. It is nice to have a late blooming ornamental and have flowers in late September. It is like a last gasp of summer!

The bark is really nice too, peeling like a Eucalypt. It is a common tree in the American south, as the hybrids are hardy, does well in tight spaces and they are beautiful. They were brought to America by a French botanist and this Asian species is now a signature plant of the south east USA. Osaka is most similar to the city of Atlanta because of the azaleias and other southern plants that thrive here.

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The genus is named after a Dutch friend of Carl Linnaeus who supplied him plants. It is a bush or small three here in Osaka.

 

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