I did it in November 2011. You can get many cuttings from just one stem. Put them in a pot of soil-less mix. Bring them inside for winter and you'll be certain you're looking at dead sticks all winter but come spring they'll come to life. Keep them lightly watered.
Here's a fuzzy (sorry) photo taken Feb. 18th to show you what I mean by dead looking sticks coming to life.
thank you Pirl, I was thinking about doing that with Crape M. my friend has the very dark pink colored ones, but I tought I have to wait till Spring. The CM is one of the reasons I moved to the south, in 1984 on the way to Disney we stopped at Valdosta, Ga, and it was full of blooming Crape M. I tought it was a most beutifull thing. four months latter we moved to Valdosta, and the rest is history. Etelka