Crape myrtle or Crepe myrtle 'Berlingot Menthe' -
Lagerstroemia indica (latin)
Area of origin: China. Introduced into France in 1760.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 8 m (26,2'), width up to 4m (13').
Soil Type: On poor soil will need some feeding. Dislikes lime.
Hardiness: Hardy to -23°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Characteristics and Uses: The Crape Myrtle displays a magnificent and abundant blossom from June through to October in large panicles of 20 to 25 cm. Its brown bark is smooth. It peels away on older trees. The Crape Myrtle can be grown as a shrub or as a small tree depending on its pruning. It will equally thrive whether planted in flowering hedges or in rows.
Other Crape myrtle:
Crape myrtle, pink
Crape myrtle, pink fuchsia
Crape myrtle, mauve
Crape myrtle, white