Crape Myrtle Trees
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crepe myrtle bark

Zone zone 8 | carolcarney added on March 16, 2015 | Answered

My 12 year crepe myrtle has something eating the bark, with huge gashes extending up the tree. Seems otherwise healthy. What could it be? It has seemed fine. I just noticed these huge lengthy gashes on several of the big trunk areas. Must have been there for a while. Bark just pulls away and looks like what might have been webs inside. No bugs visible now. Is there a spray for this? Would hate to lose my 12 yr. old tree.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on March 17, 2015

It sounds like you are describing natural shedding of the bark.

I would although inspect the tree carefully for insects or bugs. Aphids will leave a webbing substance.

Here are a few links for you.

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

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

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