Crape Myrtle Trees
Q.

crepe myrtle growing like a bush/

Zone 21061 | dawn61 added on May 26, 2019 | Answered

my aunt planted a crepe myrtle. The one we planted has grown up tall; hers on the other hand, has grown like a bush? How did this happen and is there a way to fix this?

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on May 26, 2019

Some cultivars are more like a shrub, while others are like a tree. It is preferred to treat them like a tree for a better looking plant,and healthy plant keeping all undergrowth pruned away.

If you cut the tops off each year they will grow into a shrub, but this comes with its downfalls as well. They are susceptible to infections from lack of airflow when they are short.

This collection of articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Crape Myrtle Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More