Re: My Fav time of summer..crepe bloomimg season!
Posted by Jeff A z7a NJ on 8/5/2016, 2:42 pm, in reply to "Re: My Fav time of summer..crepe bloomimg season!"
Yeah based on the you and Tims observations and what I have seen after the 14-15 winter from hell. I am seeing that it seems crepes are definitely fans of winters lows north of 0F. After that crappy winter I saw something I have never seen since I started paying attention to plants back in 2004 and that was that some crapes had been damaged with the zone busting -1f to -2f temps we got. They were only here and there but the worst I saw were two mature ones in front of a bank that suffered almost 75% die back. So yeah I def think they like it here where below zero temps are rare and a good amount of summer heat. But gosh darn it when you drop down into VA geeezzzzz they become the absolute go to tree! But I feel that is in part cultural..Southern NJ to me begins the transition where your leaving behind the New England style of gardening and entering a sort of mixed bag where those New England styles are still exerting their influence but the more southern/midatlantic landscaping styles begin to come into play as well..so in commercial landscaping youll see the super uber hardy stuff right next to a southern magnolia and crepe..I think its really our proximity in between NY and CT to the North and DE/MD/VA to our south..we are the transition zone. Because I remember seeing a rather large crepe on the CT shore so that told me they have the climate but my theory as to why that was the ONLY one I saw during the whole trip was that being in New England the commercial landscapers and the gardening centers are catering to what is in demand from the general public and being up that way there is of course a certain style that is popular so they just don't see the demand enough to even suggest it as a landscaping option.. all very intriguing to me.