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Does anyone know this pretty tree I saw in Fort Lauderdale on my way to Europe?

Allamanda 8 Aug 21
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Look like a Crape Myrtle. I have several on my property. The hotter it gets the more they bloom. I love them.


Mandy, it is Lagerstroemia which we knew in South Africa as Pride of India ...

dede18 Level 8 Aug 21, 2019

I love Crape Myrtles, and they're one of the only things that keep blooming in the brown, dingy, and hot Texas months. It's one of our official native shrubs. Unfortunately, we have a horrible problem with people mutilating them (topping them off) so they aren't always at their best. Perhaps they're not as invasive here because of our cold winters?

ps - Their seed draws a lot of birds through winter.

Lauren Level 7 Aug 21, 2019

looks like a crepe myrtle, but it's hard to tell from that picture.

glennlab Level 9 Aug 21, 2019

yes when I google that it is! thanks!

@Allamanda you're welcome, it's such a common plant around here that I was sure that I'd be wrong.

@glennlab it strikes me a s a bit odd we don't have it in the Virgin Islands, or not much maybe - perhaps it needs the occasional cold day.


They come in different color flowers (white, pink or red) and some varieties have dark leaves. I have 2 planted at the beginning of my driveway.

Heidi68 Level 8 Aug 21, 2019

It is very common and super pretty. It has all kinds of colors. Easy to plant them as well. 🙂

Zoohome Level 8 Aug 21, 2019

Lagerstromia indica are good street trees! And they have nice bark, pretty flowers and good fall color.

Carin Level 8 Aug 22, 2019

the hot pink one is my fav!


These are crepe myrtles .

Cast1es Level 8 Aug 21, 2019

Yes, those are crape myrtles, non-native shrubs that do not produce any meaningful nectar for birds or butterflies and a little invasive, in that it ends up in our public lands. Pretty, yes. Good for the ecology of Florida, no.

djs64 Level 7 Aug 21, 2019

Ah! Good to know - thx

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