However you choose to spell it, a crape myrtle is a beautiful tree. Its most valued attribute is undoubtedly its big, showy blooms that last throughout the summer.
The photo above is NOT my crape myrtle. Though we have five crape myrtle trees that line the front of our yard, they don’t bloom. The last time they really bloomed was 2005. Each summer since then we’ve hoped they’ll put forth flowers, but they don’t. We’ll maybe get a splattering of blooms on the trees but that’s it. Here’s a photo of one of our five trees (the other four look pretty much exactly like this):
Though the trees are a complete disappointment when it comes to their blossoms, we still really like the shape of the trees and their distinctive smooth, peeling bark.
Right now, we have about 10 flowers total on our five crape myrtle trees:
Well, now we have nine:
If you’d like to see my 13 other bouquets made from flowers in our yard, click on the “Yard bouquets” link below.