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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Crape myrtle

Lagerstremia species and hybrids

 

— Loosestrife family, Southeast Asia —

 
Crape myrtle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 9, 2021
1. Crape myrtle Marker
Inscription.  
This Asian tree was first introduced to the American South around 1790 by a French botanist.

The U.S. National Arboretum has bred over two dozen cultivars, including pink-blooming 'Sioux' and white-blooming 'Natchez.'

Notice how the flowers resemble crepe paper and the bark peels naturally. If you could breed a type of tree, what would its bark and flowers look like?
 
Erected 2019 by Smithsonian Gardens.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 38° 53.454′ N, 77° 1.773′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on Madison Drive Northwest 0.1 miles west of 12th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Healing (here, next to this marker); Butterfly weed (here, next to this marker); Blazing star (a few steps from this marker); Sneezewood (a few steps from this marker); "Of Course I Can!"

Crape myrtle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, January 9, 2021
2. Crape myrtle Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); "Better Food, Better Health and Better Cities" (within shouting distance of this marker); "Garden for Victory!" (within shouting distance of this marker); A National Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Mar. 5, 2021