Crepe Myrtle in Old Greenbelt
Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is one of the most beautiful ornamental trees in the Washington area. Cherry and southern magnolia trees are certainly more famous but their flowers last only a short while. Crepe myrtle flowers, on the other hand, can appear as early as May and stay in bloom all summer long. Now they are blooming everywhere in the city, and on Wednesday evening I walked around in the city center and took these photos.
A crepe myrtle with red flowers at the 14 Court of Ridge Road. The name comes from the crepe-like texture of the flowers.
Nearby, a crepe myrtle with white flowers. Crepe myrtle flowers come in many colors, from white to deep purple.
A magnificent crepe myrtle tree at the 16 Court of Ridge Road.
Crepe myrtle can be a tree or a medium to large shrub. This one is in the middle of Southway at Ridge Road.
Ridge Road and Southway
Pink and deep red flowers at Ridge Road and Southway
West side of Southway between Ridge and Crescent Roads
East side of Southway, 17 Court of Ridge Road
The same tree taken with an electronic flash unit
East side of Southway at 1 Court
Outside the Municipal Building’s east entrance
Roosevelt Center parking lot, between the Municipal Building and the New Deal Cafe
Lantern shaped seed pods of a golden rain tree by the Aquatic and Fitness Center
Crepe myrtle’s bark is smooth, slippery and deciduous. It also has ornamental value.
Roosevelt Center parking lot by the Municipal Building
Lantern-like seed pods of a golden rain tree just north of the Municipal Building
A pine tree just north of the Municipal Building
Another golden rain tree between the Municipal Building and the Community Center
Elm leaves by the Community Center
The remaining colors of today’s sunset are reflected on a car window.
Roosevelt Center parking lot
By the east entrance to the Municipal Building
South side of the Municipal Building
West side of Southway at Ridge Road
Parking lot of 17 Court of Ridge Road by Southway
Median strip of Southway at Ridge Road
Again, the large crepe myrtle at 16 Court of Ridge Road
The same tree from a different angle
Oak leaves illuminated by electronic flash light
Bamboo leaves illuminated by electronic flash light