If you are looking for a colorful focal point to your yard in the hot summer months, look no further than the Crape Myrtle. Our climate is about as far north as this tree can survive, so it is a good idea to take advantage of all it has to offer. It’s flowers bloom in an assortment of colors based on species, its leaves provide a beautiful autumnal display, and the bark of the tree is soft and colorful. It can be an excellent addition to any landscape.
Colors of the Crape Myrtle flowers range from pink to purple, red to white and everything in between. The bark of a Crape Myrtle is often smooth, with a cinnamon or light grey coloration. In some species, the bark can be easily peeled away to reveal another layer of bark with a pink tint. The plant usually reaches full color in August, in the full heat of the summer; but its incredible beauty continues throughout the year. As autumn sets in, the leaves turn vibrant shades of orange, gold, and red; complementing the bark below wonderfully. In some species, the leaves may even turn to a dark purple. In the winter time, the tree lies dormant but the bare branches and trunk show its color strikingly well against the white backdrop of snowfall. The leaves begin to grow back in the late spring; and can be quite the focal point in your yard.
Wiesner Bros. Nursery has been serving the Staten Island community for 93 years. We have a nice selection of crape myrtles in all sizes and colors. Our knowledgeable staff would love to help select a single focal point for the yard or cook up a custom landscape design for the entire property. Feel free to send an e-mail on our contact us page with any questions.