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Kentucky Color - Crepe Myrtle Summer

Shade and inviting beauty beneath Crepe Myrtle has made even record breaking heat wave bearable
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By Billy Joe Fudge, retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

The shade beneath the Crepe Myrtle in my back yard was cool and inviting even on a record-breaking 100+ degree September day. This has been an exceptional year in Kentucky for the South's finest landscape plant.

During the bitter cold, ice age temperatures of the winters of 76/77 and 77/78 most Crepe Myrtles along with Mimosas were killed. I think I would be pretty safe in saying that any of these two species growing here and now either root-sprouted or were planted since that time. -Billy Joe Fudge

This story was posted on 2011-09-04 07:54:55
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Kentucky Color: Crepe Myrtle Summer

2011-09-04 - Green Hills, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
There's inviting shade and great beauty in this year's crop of crepe myrtle, Billy Joe Fudge writes in the Sunday, September 4, 2011, Kentucky Color, making the September heat wave more bearable.

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