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Crepe myrtle pruning?


I have a Crepe Myrtle bush. I usually prune it back close to the ground but there are a few buds on some branches. Should I leave it alone? - Marilyn -


  1. 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    As our growing zone has been changed to “6,” you might try not pruning it at all. I have a crepe myrtle that I have pruned back to about five “trunks.” The last two years it has bloomed beautifully, and I haven’t pruned it. Mine is planted in a rather protected place, on a south east corner in front of my house. Try not pruning and see what happens.

  2. 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    I would wait to se3e how much of the stems leaf out and then cut back the dead wood to the new growth. I know we have been put into Zone 6, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s safe to keep a Zone 5b mentality. We still can get some vicious winters here.

    The kind of winters we have determine whether my own crape myrtles (Arapahoe) die to the ground. After the warm winter of 2011, they hardly needed any pruning, but this year it looks like they will need to be cut back very hard. They do come back late, though, so give it a couple more weeks. Normally I can tell what’s going with mine by Mother’s Day, but we’re a couple weeks behind right now.

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