Crape Myrtle Trees

Crepe Myrtle Has No Leaves or Buds

bjayp55 added on April 15, 2015 | Answered

It is middle April in Tennessee and my crepe myrtle has no leaves or buds. I planted the crepe myrtle last year and it is still has no buds nor leaves on it. Is it dead?

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Answered on April 15, 2015

I would say it's too soon to worry. Plants and trees have their own timelines for awakening in spring (which can differ from year to year depending on how cold/hard winter you had), which oftentimes do not jive with our expectations. So for now I am just going to prescribe a little patience!

However, if you are really worried and want peace of mind you can do a scratch test on the trunk of the tree and see if there is green underneath.

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