Lagerstroemia (crape myrtle)
These shrubs are a great favorite in our area as they adapt so well to heat, bloom in the summer and require little water once established. The plants naturally grow as multi-trunked shrubs, but are often trained as standard trees.
The height varies greatly from three to twenty feet, so be sure to choose the right variety for the situation. Colors range from light pink, dark and true pink, lavender, purple, watermelon red, white and red. Crape myrtles need only minimal water after they are well established. An added bonus with many varieties is great fall color.