Crape Myrtle Trees
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Cut Crepe Myrtles

Zone Bessemer, Alabama | Seth Holloway added on May 15, 2019 | Answered

I live In Alabama, I pruned my crepe myrtles as usual in the winter, had some guys cutting and pruning things in my yard and they cut back some of the new growth of the crepe myrtles, they didn't cut them to the ground just topped them. Will they continue to grow and bloom ?????

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 16, 2019

We do not recommend topping your Crepe Myrtles.
This was a common practice many years ago and it is hard to break habits!

Topping causes the tree to send out new growth that is weak and does not hold up well under its own weight.
Topping will also delay blooms 4 to 8 weeks.
Knuckles can form at the prune cuts and are very unattractive.

This article has correct pruning information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/crepe-myrtle/pruning-crepe-myrtle-trees.htm

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