I'm trying to figure out if this is a weed or something I might want to keep...

Asked August 19, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT

I'm trying to figure out if this is a weed or something I might want to keep in my garden. I've never seen it flower but it has an interesting reddish color on the stems. I've tried to figure it out online, but I haven't found anything definitive. Thanks!

Fairfax County Virginia

3 Responses

It is a little difficult to tell from the image, but it looks like a crepe myrtle. Could it be this:

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/horticulture/landscape_ornamentals/crapemyrtle/

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-451/430-451.html

If so, it may need to be pruned to have a central leader if you are looking for a more tree-type arrangement.

Thanks!


Thank you so much -- that hadn't even occurred to me. I think it's a very real possibility. Unfortunately, it's crowding a walkway and is right up against the house so we'll need to figure out how to deal with it. Very helpful, though!

Good luck and be sure to stop in at the local Extension Office when you have time for more information!