This heat and drought tolerant tree is perfectly situated for the valley’s temperatures Photo by Mary Ann Morris/The Valley ChronicleCrape myrtle trees are available in a wide variety of size and color. They are perfect trees for the San Jacinto Valley, and are also the official tree of Hemet. ■ By Joe Cagliero / Contributed Living in Hemet all of my life, I’ve realized there are good and bad things about summer-time life in our valley. Of course, the most obvious bad thing is the searing summer temperatures that we must endure. But one of the things to be happy about in summer here is that the crape myrtles are blooming.

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