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We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow more. Feb 10, Pruning your Crape Myrtle. One of the attractive flowering trees in the landscape is the Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia sp. Their shape, bark color, and flowers are a highlight of the summer landscape in Florida. As is more easy to see over the winter months, however, many landscapers and homeowners top crape myrtles. Feb 09, The winter time is the perfect time to prune these popular flowering trees.

Unfortunately, for many folks that involves topping the tree. Southern Living magazine coined the term “Crape Murder” to refer to the severe removal of large branches out of the tops of the trees. Topping requires less skill and time than other pruning methods, but.

Nov 30, There is a right way and a wrong way to prune a Crape Myrtle tree. Are you committing Crape Murder? In this video, Kerry Heafner shows you How To Prune Crape Myrtle Trees correctly. Improper pruning leads to ‘Crape Murder” To learn more about How to Prune a Crape Myrtle Tree you can read my article [ ]. Properly pruning you crape myrtle will maximize blooms, promote new growth and give your plant a great shape.

Pruning is done in winter when the plant is dormant, between the months of December and February. Each plant is different. Below we have provided some example of a properly pruned crape myrtle.

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