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600-year-old crape myrtle blooms on Laoshan Mountain

(chinadaily.com.cn) | 2022-08-03

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A 600-year-old crape myrtle, which was planted in the Mingxia Cave near Taiqing Palace on Laoshan Mountain, enters flower season in August. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]

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An aerial photo shows the flowering crape myrtle tree standing out among the verdant and lush green trees on Laoshan Mountain. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]

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Large clusters of pink and purple crape myrtle flowers bloom above the Taoist temple's grey roof on Laoshan Mountain. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]

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Crape myrtle petals fall on the roof of the Taoist temple on Laoshan Mountain. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]

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The 600-year-old crape myrtle tree boasts red banners with auspicious words written on them. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]

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The purple crape myrtle tree stands out among its green neighbors. [Photo by Zhao Jianpeng/Guanhai News]