Crape myrtles are a multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or can be pruned into a small tree. They usually grow 15-25ft tall. These plants have many ornamental features such as a long bloom time, peeling bark and awesome fall color. Showy flowers with frilly petals bloom in mid-late summer (sometimes even until the first frost); they come in a variety of flower color, including white, pink, red, mauve, lavender and purple. Flowers are followed by round seed capsules that can stay on the branches well into winter. Thick, leathery, oblong leaves emerge light green often with a tinge of red in late spring, eventually maturing into a dark green by summer and turn beautiful shades of reds, oranges and yellow in fall. Pale pinkish-gray bark on mature branches peels with age.