Crape Myrtle mature height

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lsylvain, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. lsylvain

    lsylvain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 779

    A customer of mine has a huge Crape Myrtle. At least 25-30 ft tall. We were going to prune it back since it is just over the roof of the house. But the customer and I are wondering if we should just let it be. If it isn't going to grow much more we are thinking why bother? Since we know if we prune it it is going to shoot back to where it is in no time flat and need to be done again and again.

    I guess the question I'm asking is what kind of extra growth can we expect from this tree if we don't prune? Any ideas?
  2. Cloud9Landscapes

    Cloud9Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ca
    Messages: 558

    Crape Mytles are not supposed to be topped, maybe a light pruning of some branches but don't get carried away.
  3. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 652

    I agree. Dont ruin that tree. It's probly bout as big as it's getting anyways
  4. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    That is about as tall as it is going to get, I would leave it alone . It must be a beautiful tree when it blooms. What color is the bloom ?.
  5. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    as the others say it probably as high as its going to get, do some selective pruning, I hate it when they hat rack them
  6. froglawn

    froglawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    Crape Myrtle??? pics? i would like to see
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    do not top it! it prolly wont get any taller , but it may get wider!

    just select prune from the outside working your way in!

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