Lagerstroemia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Lythraceae, commonly known as crepe myrtles or crape myrtles. They are native to Asia and Australia, but have become popular ornamental trees and shrubs in many parts of the world. The plants have smooth, peeling bark and produce showy, crinkled flowers in shades of pink, white, lavender, and red.
Crepe myrtles are popular garden plants, grown for their attractive blooms, colorful foliage, and ability to tolerate hot, humid climates. They are often used as ornamental trees or shrubs in landscaping, and can be pruned to create a range of shapes and sizes. In addition, crepe myrtles are sometimes grown as bonsai trees, due to their small leaves and delicate branches.
In addition to their ornamental uses, crepe myrtles have been used for their medicinal properties in traditional Chinese medicine. The plant has been used to treat a range of ailments, including diarrhea, dysentery, and urinary tract infections. However, more research is needed to confirm these uses. Overall, lagerstroemia is a versatile and attractive plant that can add beauty and interest to a range of garden and bonsai settings.