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Monday - July 20, 2015

From: Frisco, TX
Region: Select Region
Topic: Non-Natives, Shrubs
Title: Is Crape Myrtle Native?
Answered by: Anne Van Nest

QUESTION:

Hello, I live in Frisco, TX. Can you tell me is there any Crape Myrtle which is native to Frisco, TX.

ANSWER:

Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is native to Korea and China. The USDA has a good information sheet online on Crape Myrtles, this drought tolerant shrub that is adapted to the Southern climate.

 

 

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