Queen Crape Myrtle | Flower Appreciation

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There are over 1600 parks and gardens under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) across Hong Kong. Featuring green canopies and seasonal blooms all year round, such parks and gardens draw crowds of flower viewers taking pictures during flowering seasons. Among an array of flowering plants, some species are in particular popular with visitors. To facilitate members of the public to appreciate flowers in a timely manner, we will make available on this website the information on those beloved species, including Red Leaves, Purple Tabebuia, Cherry Blossoms, Yellow Pui, Camel's Foot Tree, Rhododendron, Lotus Flower, Queen Crape Myrtle and Hong Kong Orchid Tree.

Queen Crape Myrtle

Scientific Name : Lagerstroemia speciosa

It is a deciduous tree in the family Lythraceae commonly seen at roadside with height reaching up to 20 metres. Native to such Southeast Asian countries as Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, it bears fulsome magenta flowers that are both bright and dazzling.  With a flowering period from May to July in Hong Kong, the blooms create a splendid bouquet, resembling from afar some purple ribbons decorating tree branches.  During hot summer days, Queen Crape Myrtle in full bloom adds colours to the surroundings.  When the flowering period draws to a close, the foliage turns red before defoliation.  The tree features a change in foliage colours with the four seasons, thereby having a high ornamental value. 

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