Although the dogwood is the official flowering tree of North Carolina, you'd never know it this time of year! Almost every business, home, and sidestreet has been planted with at least ONE crape myrtle. These are beautiful trees, if a bit overplanted!! and come in endless color varieties. This pinkish magenta crape myrtle resides on my property and is only about 5 feet tall and is in full bloom right now! I had to take a really close look to see the dozens of blooms that make up the flower stalk.