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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 3, 2011
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    It is most likely lichen. Nothing to worry about and very normal. If you do want to get rid of it, here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/fungus-lichen/treatment-tree-lichen.htm

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    Nikki on
    February 11, 2011
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    They are root suckers. You can remove them without harm to the tree and if they have roots when you remove them, you can plant them somewhere else to grow. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/tree-sucker-removal-and-tree-sucker-control.htm

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  • Answered by
    CaptainAng on
    February 11, 2011
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    You want to catch those little buggers as soon as you see them pop up and cut them back all the way to the ground, if possible. Do not try to kill them with spray or anything because they are tethered to the mother plant.
    The ones that are a little distance from the tree need to be dug up with a spade and discarded or you can use them to start new plants.
    It may take a few years but eventually you will see less and less new growth and they may even stop all together.

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  • Answered by
    Heather on
    February 19, 2011
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    The bottom of this article has detailed directions for rooting root cuttings: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8700.html This should help you.

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    Nikki on
    February 21, 2011
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    There are some varieties that are hardy to Zone 5 ('Country Red' is on), but they die back each year and really only stay a smallish shrub.

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    Nikki on
    February 21, 2011
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    If you trim right now, you should still get blossoms this year. It really depends on whether the tree has come out of dormancy yet or not. We are right on the edge of when that will happen. Crepe myrtles can take pretty severe pruning, but I would not recommend cutting backany more than 1/3 of the plant per year.

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  • Answered by
    peanut on
    February 22, 2011
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    We have been told by the Florida Horticulture dept. that pruning Crape myrtles in called "Crape Murder" in our part of the country. Our neighbors didn't prunes theirs last year and they were spectacular!

    Peanut of The Villages, FL

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