I have a mature crepe yrtle that has less than half of of its normal leaf count. The underside of its leaf has many small, dark, mostly round spots. I have another crepe about 100 feet away that is much healthier with a full leaf count. The underside of its leaf has a few dark spots. What do you think is the problem and what is the solution? How aggressive can I be with treatment of the sick crepe? Both crepes are beautiful and important landscape features in our yard. I noticed the problem today as I was doing gardening chores. I live in Sneads Ferry, NC. Thanks for your help.
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Most Crepe Myrtle problems are caused by insects.
Treat with Neem Oil, this works as both an insecticide and fungicide.
Here are a few links with more information.