Crape Myrtle Trees

Crepe Myrtle

Anonymous added on February 20, 2011 | Answered

I have an older tree that was never pruned and each trunk is very high where flowers bloom and needs to be lowered. Where do I cut to shorten, but not kill, the flowering branches in the spring?

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Answered on February 21, 2011

If you trim right now, you should still get blossoms this year. It really depends on whether the tree has come out of dormancy yet or not. We are right on the edge of when that will happen. Crepe myrtles can take pretty severe pruning, but I would not recommend cutting backany more than 1/3 of the plant per year.

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