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Updated: 07/16/2017 08:30:01AM

Crape myrtles bloom beautiful colors for any yard

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Crapemyrtles are stunning and vary in size and color.

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"Crape-Murder" is chopping off of the top of a tree making what is commonly called a "hat rack." Hat racking refers to large branches cut off to keep the tree growth under control.

By CHARLIE REYNOLDS

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Traveling around town it’s hard to miss those flowering crape myrtles. The flowers are as stunning and as varied in colors and sizes as you can imagine. There is a size and color for every taste from full-sized 40-foot-tall trees to shrubs two feet tall.

Crape myrtles all have those same gorgeous flowers that are often called “Southern Lilacs” because of their striking resemblance to the northern shrub that can’t tolerate our summer heat (or winter heat I should say). The name comes from the flower’s crinkly resemblance to crepe paper.

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