crapemyrtle Lythraceae Lagerstroemia indica
Leaf:Opposite or some leaves alternate or whorled, simple, elliptical, entire margin, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, dark green above, paler below.
Flower:Very attractive, white, pink red or purple (depending on cultivar), occurring in 8 inch spike-like clusters, appearing in late summer.
Fruit:Dry, 6-parted, brown capsule in upright spikes, each capsule 1/2 inch long, persistent through the winter.
Twig:Slender, brown (initially red or green), ridged or angled, buds very small.
Bark:Gray-brown, smooth, exfoliating and exposing shades of brown, reddish brown and green, very attractive.
Form:Medium to large shrub or a small multi-stemmed tree to 40 feet.