crape myrtle

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crape myrtle

also crepe myrtle
A deciduous shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) native to China and widely cultivated in warm regions for its showy clusters of variously colored flowers with crinkled petals.

crape myrtle


crepe myrtle

(Plants) an oriental lythraceous shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, cultivated in warm climates for its pink, red, or white flowers


(or crepe′) myr`tle

a tall, ornamental Chinese shrub, Lagerstroemiaindica, of the loosestrife family, having clusters of crinkled pink, purple, or white flowers.
[1840–50, Amer.]
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Noun1.crape myrtle - ornamental shrub from eastern India commonly planted in the southern United States
genus Lagerstroemia, Lagerstroemia - shrubs or small trees of tropical Asia and Africa usually with showy white, pink, or purplish flowers
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Many of these plants have cousins native to North America, but it is the trove of Asian plants that directly, or indirectly through hybridizing, have come to define our gardens: the showy flowering evergreen azaleas of April, the saucer magnolias of March and the summer blossoms of the hydrangea and crape myrtle.
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