As one of Texas’ beauties, the Crepe Myrtle adds color to any landscape during the hot days of summer. Its color palette can include red, white, pink and lavender. One of the most beautiful characteristics of this tree is its slick, light-colored bark and small leaves that turn yellow and red in the fall. It is best to use the Crepe Myrtle as a small specimen tree in full sun. It grows 1.5 to 2.5 feet annually until it reaches a height between 10 and 25 feet at maturity.