We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ours†are in bloom now, and will continue through September. These small trees will survive up through Zone 6, but in Zone 6 they prefer some shelter from the winter winds, and they are slow to emerge from dormancy (they look dead).
They are common in the South, but up here people are stunned by such a brilliantly summer-blooming tree and don't know what it is.
They like to be pruned properly, and heavily mulched, and need full sun to produce those blooms. A little fertilizer, too.
This is a young plant, with three main stems. I much prefer them with multiple stems rather than with a single trunk.
The exfoliating bark is interesting too.
51 varieties here, with photos. Most of our cultivars are of Asian descent, but there are native species. More photos, and how to grow them, here.
Growing plants on or above†their zonal limits is always an interesting challenge for us gardeners. A fully-rational person would not bother.
One of my favorites, as a "recovering" arborist in CT. When I worked in the Raleigh, NC area, I noticed that the trees with white blossoms seemed to have the most pronounced, and very agreeable, aroma. Has anyone noticed other colors with fragrance?
Iíve a multi-trunked crepe on another property and it does best with minimal pruning and shaping. The city puts them on the street ROWS because they don't need a lot of water, are sometimes showy, and donít uproot easily. Some years, though, the city gardener goes to town, and they all get butchered down to nubs, looking ungraceful until some growth happens and also causing them to be more prone to fungus.
Have Rose of Sharon am treating like topiary, with mounded balls on top. The butterflies love this bush/tree and so do I.