This week’s image shows one of our favourite trees, the Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica and this one no doubt in the Indian Summer range), used as a mass planting in front of a formally renovated house with sleek lines. The Crepe Myrtle’s beauty will never be argued by us – wonderful floral displays in late Summer and into Autumn, fiery foliage colour before winter, and smooth cinnamon coloured bark make it a beautiful tree.
It’s suckering habit, arching branches and tendency to multi-branch from the base make it a great choice for a specimen tree, but not a formal hedge or boundary. A more formal Lilly Pilly, Murraya or Photinia hedge behind the fence and a Crepe Myrtle as a specimen tree in the front yard may have been a better choice.
We’ll endeavour to take the same photograph come winter to see how the landscape changes.
If you’re looking for a more formal tree for mass planting try a Flowering Pear variety (Pyrus) although beware of their mature height and remember they’ll be bare in Winter.