These great mid-summer bloomers are considered both a large shrub and a small tree. Depending on the variety, crape myrtles can reach heights anywhere from 5’ to 20+ feet. They need only full sun and average water to thrive. Contrary to popular practice, they don’t need to be pruned. In fact, cutting them back hard – we call it “Myrtle Murder” – actually stresses the plant, delaying and decreasing the next year’s blooms. Although usually chosen for their flowers, the mature tree provides great winter interest with its mottled bark.