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How can I prune my Crepe myrtle?

Crepe myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica
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To prune the Crepe myrtle, first identify how the tree has grown thus far. It can either look bushy, like a shrub, or it can have one or more trunks that stem up from the ground with foliage in the top quadrant. If you have a bushy Crepe myrtle and you like it that way, then you can simply trim just as you would an average shrub, by removing new growths at equal heights just above a leaf node. For taller Crepe myrtle, there’s a little more to it. Identify the look you want first. If all you’re looking for is a quick prune and done, then all you really need to do is cut back any growth that is growing towards the inside of the canopy, as well as any “suckers”, or stems that grow below the canopy line. In this case, it is necessary to prune in winter, giving priority to the reduction of dead and dry branches. Afterwards, the crossed and parallel branches are pruned off, which increases the space for other branches to grow. In this case, it is necessary to prune in winter, giving priority to the reduction of dead and dry branches. Afterwards, the crossed and parallel branches are pruned off, which will increase the space for other branches to grow. If what you need is to take off some serious area, then more planning is in line. Crepe myrtle branch out in a fan fashion from the center trunk, and each branch will have its own branches that grow from them, as well. Try to take off branches that are pointing downward at their bases, but avoid cutting too much away from each secondary branch. From here, you can do some milder pruning around the areas where you removed branches in order to clean up the look and blend in the newly trimmed sections. Never trim off so much that no secondary branches are left from the main trunk; Crepe myrtle can tolerate this, but it takes years for them to recover fully. These prunings need to be done in late winter or early spring. Pruning Crepe myrtle encourages flowering and provides Crepe myrtle with more ornamental value. Finally, you may prefer to just trim off dead or damaged portions of the plant, including deadheading spent flowers, to keep it looking its best. This can be done at any time of year. Diseased or damaged stems should be cut right at the soil line and removed completely. Blooms should be cut off just below the flower head.
Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
Crepe myrtle
A species of Crape myrtles, Also known as Indian crape myrtle
Botanical name: Lagerstroemia indica
Genus: Crape myrtles
Description
Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a highly ornamental small tropical tree or shrub, often multi-stemmed. It is native to India, Southeastern Asia, and Japan, and features a characteristic vase-shaped crown and beautifully-ruffled pink blooms that can last from early summer to autumn. It is also a popular nesting shrub for small birds.
Garden Use
The Lagerstroemia plants of Lythraceae (Lagerstroemia spp.) as important ornamental woody plants have a flowering period up to 100 days. They have many flowers with very rich colors from purple, red, pink, and white to mixed colors. Some varieties are gorgeous leaf colors in autumn. These plants are easy to manage, with a suitable growth rate, a long life and good drought tolerance. Therefore, the lagerstroemia plants are widely applied in gardens and urban landscapes.
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