Crape Myrtle Trees
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Crepe Myrtle care

Zone 98660 | Anonymous added on April 15, 2018 | Answered

HI, I have a well established crepe myrtle that didn't bloom last summer. I water it deeply in July and Aug and in the past it's had beautiful blooms. Otherwise, it gets the usual watering from rain. I'm afraid our cold winter may have damaged it. It's mid April and it doesn't seem to have leave buds yet. Am I overly eager in thinking it should leaf out soon? Thanks for your thoughts. Susan

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 16, 2018

Crepe myrtles often leaf out later than other trees, as late as early May. Also, trees that have been exposed to excessive cold may leaf out late, but it should produce leaves by summer. You can check if the tree or individual branches are dead by scratching the bark:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-scratch-test.htm

Here are some reasons a crepe myrtle may not bloom:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/crepe-myrtle-not-blooming.htm

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