Crape myrtle, also known as crêpe myrtle, is known for its colorful, long-lasting flowers that bloom in summer. The flowers come in a variety of shades including purple, red and white. During the summer time, you can see them quite commonly growing in Beijing, adding to the city's vitality.
Crape myrtle can also help improve the environment because of its ability to absorb harmful gases such as sulfur dioxide, chlorine and hydrogen fluoride.
Since crape myrtle flowers have a long blooming period which lasts for the whole summer, many Chinese poets including Yang Wanli, a famous poet in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and Du Mu, a great poet of the late Tang Dynasty (618-907) wrote many poems praising its exuberance.
Crape myrtle in Beijing. (Photos: CGTN)
The bloom is commonly planted for decorative purposes.
Crape myrtle in Beijing.
The flowers have a crêpe-like texture.
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