Crape Myrtle Trees

Crepe Myrtle (Catawba)

Anonymous added on November 3, 2014 | Answered

My crepe myrtle has black leaves and hardly bloomed this year. What could have caused the black leaves? It is surrounded by rose bushes that did excellent.

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Answered on November 3, 2014

It sounds like it may have sooty mold, which is a fungus that is a byproduct of a pest infestation. Treat the tree with neem oil. This is both a fungicide and a pesticide, so will take care of the pests and the sooty mold in one go. Plus, it is organic and safe for people and pets.

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