Is this a crape myrtle?

green_thumb_wannabe(7)May 8, 2013

I saw these two pretty trees outside a store the other day. They have multiple trunks like crape myrtles but the tops look a little different to me. The foliage seems more dense. What do you all think? It's too early in the year for blooms if it is a crape myrtle so it may be tough to tell what it is. Any help would be appreciated!

I'm in the Charlotte, NC area, zone 7.

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saltcedar(Sunset zn 30/usda 8b)

Habit suggests Sophora secundiflora, however without a closeup that's
only a guess.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 5:52PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

and defying gravity ...

take the closeup.. with your phone upwards ... see if it comes out right


    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 6:44PM
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Ok, thanks, Saltcedar and ken... I will try to get a close up next time I go to that store. Ken, I didn't get what you meant by defying gravity :)

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 6:51PM
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Click on the picture it turns upright.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 8:16PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

It doesn't turn upright for me when I click on it, still upside down.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 1:21AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Green, absolutely not a crape myrtle, as you guessed. There are all kinds of possibilities, including shrubs that have been limbed up to create a tree form. I first thought of wax myrtle when I saw this, for example. Chinese privet is also mushroom pruned for this effect. Pittosporum and some hollies can be pruned this way, but these plants are not likely to be either of those.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 5:45AM
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