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Q.Crape Myrtle

Zone Northeast | gardening60 added on October 9, 2011 | Answered

I bought a large white crape myrtle tree. I have planted her with good soil and fertilized. I did prune the top limb branches after planting it. Will she make it through the winter months and will she bloom come spring?

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Answered on October 10, 2011

Generally, it is better to wait until late winter/early spring for pruning; otherwise, you run the risk of delaying their blooms. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/best-crepe-myrtle-pruning-time-when-to-prune-crepe-myrtle.htm

That being said, as far as winter goes, the tree should be fine. However, it's usually dependent on the variety--some are hardy to Zone 6. Colder regions may require adequate winter protection (i.e.-winter wrapping).

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