Re: My Fav time of summer..crepe bloomimg season!
Crapes can definitely handle coastal CT, and get to large size. I've seen large ones in Branford CT, and my very own 'Red Rocket' is approaching 7ft now (with very little dieback from last winter). This summer the resident deer family sampled some tender new growth, but other than that, the plant has recovered quite well.
It is full of buds now and should be in full bloom within the next week or two.