crape myrtlecrape myrtle
an ornamental shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family, widely grown in the S U.S., with usually pinkish flowers
Origin of crape myrtleso named because of its crinkled, crepelike flowers
also crepe myrtle
A deciduous shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) native to China and widely cultivated in warm regions for its showy clusters of variously colored flowers with crinkled petals.