Top Questions About Crape Myrtle Trees

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Questions About Crape Myrtle Trees

Asked by
dschoen on
January 27, 2011

Q. How Do I Fix a Crepe Myrtle With a Split Branch?

A heavy snow last night caused one of the limbs on my crepe myrtle to split at the “Y. ” As a temporary fix, I taped it together. Is there a way to fix this problem so I don’t lose the branch?

Thank you.

Answered by
Heather on
January 27, 2011
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It will be iffy in cold weather to get the repair to take, but your best bet would be to bolt the limb back into place. This article has direction on how to do that:
http://essmextension.tamu.edu/treecarekit/index.php/after-the-storm/tree-damage-and-hazard-assessment/repairing-storm-damaged-trees/ (In the section "Split Forks")

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 2, 2011

Q. Mold on Trunk

I live in northern Virginia. I was looking at the crepe myrtles in our backyard this morning and noticed the lower third of the trunk on one of the trees looks reddish brown. The other two trees look normal. Any suggestions?

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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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 10, 2011

Q. Shoots From Crepe Myrtle

We have several crepe myrtle trees in our yard. They are mature trees, but around the base we get a lot of shoots that also bloom. How do we handle these offsprings from the main tree? Some of them grow in clusters a little distance from the main tree.

Answered by
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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Asked by
cczaic on
February 18, 2011

Q. How Do You Start Plants From Roots?

In your article on “How to Propogate Crepe Myrtle Trees”, you state”Learning how to start crepe myrtles from roots is another easy way to propagate crepe myrtle trees.

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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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 18, 2011

Q. Arapaho Crape Myrtle

I want to grow an Arapaho Crape Myrtle and live in Romeo,  Michigan. Is it possible to grow one in Michigan? Will it just be less hardy or not possible due to the zone? I think they are so beautiful.

Answered by
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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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 20, 2011

Q. Crepe Myrtle

I have an older tree that was never pruned and each trunk is very high where flowers bloom and needs to be lowered. Where do I cut to shorten, but not kill, the flowering branches in the spring?

Answered by
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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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 21, 2011

Q. Where to Prune Crape Myrtle Trees

Where on the limb is the best place to trim, especially if you have knots at the forks?

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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