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Q.Pruning Crape Myrtle To Aid Neighbor’s View

Zone southern Maryland 20685 | NoonRune added on December 7, 2021 | Answered

I have a beautiful 35 ft crape myrtle in my front yard. My neighbor would like about 15 ft cut from the top so she can have a better view. Is it possible to prune so she can have a better view and my tree is still beautiful? Perhaps we can agree to prune moderately over a number of years so that eventually the tree is only 20 feet tall? Would that be possible? Thank you in advance!

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on December 8, 2021

It is best for the health of the tree not to prune the top to have a shorter tree. Plus you would have to continually top it to maintain the height. Here is a good publication on the care and pruning of crape myrtles.

http://taes.utk.edu/upload/WTREC/CrapeMyrtleCare.pdf

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NoonRune
Answered on December 8, 2021

Can you think of any possible way my neighbor and I could have a win-win situation?

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