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What are those red crape myrtles near PPD?

Eva Ellenburg

Q. What is the name of the small, deep red myrtles on Front Street near PPD, who grooms them, and why are their flowers so profuse?

A. According to city arborist Aaron Reese, those are called “Dynamite Crape Myrtles.” The city of Wilmington’s landscaping crews maintain them. Reese said the trees naturally produce a large amount of flowers. Blooming from spring to fall, it’s a hardy variety of crape myrtle that is disease and pest resistant and drought tolerant.


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