Crape myrtles are very popular as landscape trees in the southeastern United States. They come in a variety of colors, most commonly shades of pink, red, and white. Crape myrtles are deciduous trees that generally have multiple stems and very showy flowers that have crinkled petals.
The United States National Arboretum has a Quick Guide Chart to many common varieties of Crape myrtle. You can learn about flower color, bark, height, growth habit and fall color of over 30 varieties.The origins of many crape myrtle varieties are India, Asia, and parts of northern Australia. Crape myrtles are very popular in the southeastern United States and are sometimes nicknamed the "lilac of the South".