Crape Myrtle Growth
After an extremely cold winter, I pruned my crape myrtle tree and now it is growing from the bottom, not from the top where it used to grow from. It is a tree variety, not a shrub variety. Should I continue to allow it to grow from the bottom, or should I cut that growth off to encourage it to grow from the top? I'm afraid it may be dead on the top part due to the cold winter.
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It could be due to weather. Unusually cold weather can damage developing buds. If it suffered from any cold damage, the tree may need to be pruned. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm