Crape Myrtle Trees

Crepe Myrtle Bark Disease or Pests


hoelsch added on April 11, 2015 | Answered

On the trunks of my 8 year old, otherwise healthy, crepe myrtles it looks like bugs are getting under the bark and pushing it off. The shapes are generally oblong, about 1/2' to 3/4" long by 1/4" wide. I fertilize and prune the interior branches. This started last year, and I removed one of the trunks, but it appears to be spreading. No bugs or fungus or mold is visible.


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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 11, 2015

Peeling bark on crepe myrtle is normal. It occurs after the tree has reached full maturity, which may be a several years after you plant it. I really think this is the case since you said that no bugs or fungus/mold is visible. For more information please visit the following article:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/bark-shedding-crepe-myrtle.htm

For a frame of reference, here is a photo of a crepe myrtle that is exfoliating its bark:
http://www.star-telegram.com/incoming/wl8vd0/picture4341300/ALTERNATES/FREE_960/1hWD5O.So.58.jpeg

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