Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia x ‘Natchez’
Nativity: Hybridized in Asia
A cross between the Indian and Japanese crepe myrtles, this species was cultivated for its mildew resistance. The name “crape myrtle” comes from the crepe-paper-like flowers and the myrtle-like leaves. When the tree reaches maturing, it’s bark peels– revealing a beautiful cinnamon-colored exterior. This is called bark exfoliation and happens because the interior of the tree is growing faster than the bark is. Additionally, the shedding of bark prevents the buildup of parasites, mosses, etc. on the tree trunk.
DBH: 1.6 inches