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Are crepe myrtles native to SC?

There are no species of plants in the crape myrtle genus native to North America, but introduced Lagerstroemia have been planted in incredibly large numbers in the southeastern United States. In Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina ; and Savannah, Georgia, for example, you see crape myrtles everywhere.

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In this way, where are crepe myrtles native to?

The crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia species) is native to China and Korea but has been so embraced by Southerners and has become a dominant landscape plant throughout the South.

One may also ask, what is the difference between a crepe myrtle bush and a crepe myrtle tree? The only difference is the mature size. See also our Crape Myrtles Plant Care and Collection of Varieties.

Consequently, how can I tell what type of crepe myrtle I have?

The best way to identify a specific variety or species of crepe myrtle is to note all its characteristics, including mature size, flower color, fall color, growth habit (tree or shrub) and bark color.

Why is it called a crepe myrtle?

With its English name derived from the myrtle -like leaves and crinkled tissue like petals, the Crepe Myrtle has been in cultivation in the United States for more than a century and a half. Some fine old specimens are found in many historic gardens throughout the South.

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