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Q.Should I prune brown berries from last fall off my crepe myrtle tree?

Zone Lou., KY | Hays added on May 19, 2012 | Answered

We’ve had this crepe myrtle for 3 years now and each fall, when the tree goes dormant, there are still berries at the tips of the branches. These berries turn brown during the winter. Should I leave them or should I deadhead the berries? If I should deadhead the berries, when is the best time to do so?

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Answered on May 21, 2012

This is simply a matter of personal choice. It will not hurt the tree to leave them on. They will drop on their own once they rebloom the following season. If you wish to remove them, this is best done in late winter or early spring.

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