Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a deciduous shrub or small tree from Asia. It usually grows 15 to 25 feet tall and is commonly planted for its long-lasting flowers and occasional fall color However, it is frequently colonized by crape myrtle aphids and consequently becomes sticky with honeydew and often also covered with invasive Argentine ants.
Male and female flowers are borne on the same tree. Crape Myrtle is ranked 5 out of 10 on the Ogren Plant Allergy Scale, indicating a moderate tendency to cause hay fever. It is planted at Charles Brooks Community Swim Center, City Hall, Dave Douglass Park, Dick Klenhard Ballfield Complex, Everman Park, Freeman Park, John Ferns Park, Joseph Schneider Park, Pioneer Park, Ralph Harris Park, Rick Gonzales, Sr., Park, William Crawford, Sr., Park, Woodland City Cemetery, Woodland Opera House, Woodland Public Library, Woodland Sports Park, and Woodside Park. It is also planted as a street tree on 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 5th Street, Alice Street, Bartlett Avenue, Beamer Street, Bliss Avenue, Bush Street, Carnegie Way, Clanton Way, Cleveland Street, Clover Street, College Street, County Road 98, County Road 102, Court Street, Cross Street, Dead Cat Alley, Dog Gone Alley, East Gibson Road, East Gum Avenue, East Main Street, East Street, Elliot Street, Elm Street, Grafton Street, Hays Street, Jackson Street, Johnston Street, Kentucky Avenue, Laurel Street, Lemen Avenue, Locust Street, Main Street, Mallard Drive, Marshall Avenue, Matmor Road, McKinley Avenue, North College Street, North Street, Oak Avenue, Park Avenue, Pendegast Street, Pershing Avenue, Pioneer Avenue, Sports Park Drive, and Walnut Street.