View Full Version : crepe myrtle pruning

03-21-2010, 07:48 PM
How should I prune these crepe myrtles? I have about 10 of them that look like this.

03-21-2010, 08:03 PM
Personally I would leave them alone, they seem to have developed their natural form as a small tree. Sometime in the past someone severely cut them back to stubbs, called pollarding, you can see the knuckles on the larger limbs where they branch out now. A good arborist calls it crepe murder.

We had a large number of crepe myrtles around our hospital that were developing a good form, and some sob cut them back to stubbs last fall.

03-21-2010, 08:15 PM
A good rule of thumb for crape myrtles is if its larger in diameter than a pencil your cutting too much off.

03-21-2010, 08:35 PM
if I leave them alone, what can i do to get more blooms? they didnt do well last year. More water? Fertilizer?

03-21-2010, 09:02 PM
I'd cut any crossed (Touching)limbs out.Then I'd cut them back 1/4 to not more than 1/3.Any thing more than that would be CRAPEMURDER...