Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-27 UPDATED!!
Very much in bloom here in Zone 10. These trees are quite common here in LA, the pink ones especially, but there are also white and lavender varieties. Crape myrtles are deciduous trees, which the Sunset garden book describes as having a "very attractive trunk and branch pattern." The trees bloom from July to September.
Crape myrtles like full sun and occasional watering, but they are drought tolerant. Best suited to zones 7, 8, and 9, but, according to HGTV, they can be grown in Zone 6 with some modifications. More information here.
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