Crape Myrtle Trees

Crape Myrtle Pruning

Anonymous added on September 16, 2015 | Answered

I recently moved and have a beautiful Crape Myrtle in my front bed. I know to wait till Feb. to prune, but this thing has gotten way too big for this spot due to lack of pruning. I'm afraid if I wait till Feb. and we have any major snow it will break all the branches. It is shaped as a bush and not a tree. Any way I can cut some back now?

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Answered on September 18, 2015

You don't want to prune until early spring:
If your tree is a standard form, with one main trunk, pruning to 8' will be difficult. However, if it's a multi-trunked bush form, you should have more success with a drastic cutback.

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