crepe myrtle growing like a bush/
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?
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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