crape myrtel prunning

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by BLL, Sep 26, 2002.

  1. BLL

    BLL LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 89

    whenis the best tiem to prune a crape myrtle tree i have heard only spring or only fall and then either is ok. Also how far do you prune them i thought you just topped them but now i hear that you can cut the hel lout of them and its just as good
  2. RwADesigner

    RwADesigner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    we do alot of pruning in fall or very early spring......late winter....

    as far far you want to up to you...depends how thick you want the top to be

    I like to prune mine lightly because i like the tree look....alot of the time if you prune to far it makes them look to bushy ...but that is me
  3. BLL

    BLL LawnSite Member
    from MD
    Posts: 89

    so you prune them with everythgin else no real differences then.. I had a customere tel me that you had to prune them in spring cause if you pruned them in fall they woudl think it was spring which i dont see what teh big deal is with that. well i do but still plants have brains?
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I've done them at both spring and fall. Its the same either way. You can cut the heck out of them if you wish. Its almost impossible to kill one.
  5. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    I prune them in Feb.
  6. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    Crepes can be pruned anytime. I wouldn't prune in winter though because of the dormacy. Crepes flower on new growth not old growth, so when and how little or how much you prune is your preference.
  7. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    I also prune in Feb, I also try not to prune anything lbigger around than a pencil. Unless the specimin needs some correction . When you prune back heavy they tend to develop knots.
  8. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,361

    Early/mid summer is a lousy time to prune them since it will reduce the amount of bloom. I have a friend whose husband always prunes the crape myrtle in July. She has never seen it flower!
  9. vardener

    vardener LawnSite Member
    from MD 7
    Posts: 49

    I trim 'em in the fall, after it has finished grownig, or early spring, before it starts growing. I like to prune when it is devoid of foliage. I don't know, it just seems easier then. I like the tree shape, so I'll establish a canopy, and take anything pinky size or smaller off of the leader trunk/s. As far as topping them off... I will only top off Crepe's and some fruit trees. That said, I will pretty much just even the top and only in the season I prune. I like Crepe's alot more now that I live in MD. In Texas, they were everywhere. I just got sick of them. Here, they are alot less common, and the specimens I have seen tend to be alot healthier. Hope it helps. I grew up with a Father that was a very natural, intuitive gardener. As a result, Most of what I do, especially in Trees, Is from my gut. Kind of hard to explain that, I guess.
  10. Landscape Mafia

    Landscape Mafia LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    There is such a thing as Crepe Myrtle Abuse. If you trim back to
    much the main leaders will start to have knots. Havn't found any way to get rid of these knots . I trim them in Feb. to early March in a canopy form and then maybe again after the first bloom. I also had lots of experience propergating Crepes, lots of enteresting knowledge.

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