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Plant of the Week: Ebony & Ivory Crepe Myrtle

The crepe myrtle is originally from China and has been in cultivation in the United States for more than a century. This beloved tree can be seen all over Hampton Roads, lining streets in its wide range of colors and sizes. July and August mark the peak of the tree’s 100-day blooming period -- putting on a show of beautiful crepe paper-like flowers.

Ebony & Ivory is one of our NEWEST crepe myrtles on the block. If you're looking for a truly unique crepe... this one is a must-have! You'll adore it's clusters of pure white blooms with yellow eyes that pop against its intense, dark purple -almost ebony foliage. This upright grower blooms summer into fall and reaches a mature size of 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ebony & Ivory makes and excellent accent plant in the landscape and rest assured - Ebony & Ivory is disease resistant and drought tolerant. If you looking for summer-blooming perennials to pair with this crepe -- we recommend gallardia, agastache, lantana, coreopsis, coneflowers and daylilies.

Come find out why the Crepe Myrtle is the locals favorite tree THIS weekend at our 33rd annual Crepe Myrtle Fest -- with the best selection of crepes in town! LEARN MORE >>