Your writer Teo Spengler recommended Chinese Parasol Tree as an alternative to Crepe Myrtle. YIKES!! that is a nightmare invasive species in LA and other southern states. BEST DO SOME RESEARCH ...RETRACT AND EDUCATE YOUR READERS PROMPTLY.
In some warmer climates the tree can be invasive, but many gardeners have great success with this tree.
Thank you for your input.