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Q.Crepe myrtle drooping

Zone 2or3? maryland | svrevelle added on July 21, 2012 | Answered

My crepe myrtle probably does not get enough sun but my neighbor’s tree shades it so. . . But my concern is the branches have started drooping and it looks really bad. What do I do? Thank you, Shirley

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Answered on July 28, 2012

If it is drooping, I would actually look to the watering for the tree before the light.

Check to see if the ground is soggy or not. It should not be soggy. This would mean too much water and the roots may be suffocating.

On the flip side, if the tree is in the shade of a larger tree, it is also likely competing for water with that tree. The larger tree can suck the water out of the soil very quickly and the smaller crepe myrtle would not be getting enough. If the soil is not swampy, then try supplementing water to the tree directly and see if it improves.

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