Near East is adorned with clusters of shell-pink blossoms from July till October; they fade to white at the center. Its leaves turn yellow-orange in fall. Not as cold hardy as most crape myrtles.
Note: Regardless of hardiness zone, all crape myrtles are subject to die-back at temps below 15 degrees. Probability of this happening is increased by pruning in fall or winter. Prune only in earliest spring. Bloom will be on new wood.