Crape Myrtles

Lilac of the South

A most veratile and beautiful landscape plant, but one of the most often abused plants in southern landscapes.

All across the South, the practice of severe pruning during the dormant season is regularly done in the belief that doing so will produce better blooms. Others believe that pruning is necessary to maintain the shape and height of the tree. There is no requirement to prune! Planting properly sized varieties, suited to their location and allowing them to grow naturally is recommended.

DON’T COMMIT CRAPE MURDER!

Crape Myrtle Flyer

A list of Crape Myrtle trees by size.

Crepe Myrtle Trees

They have never been cut back and yet they bloom. Imagine that!

Chickasaw miniature - 2 feet tall.

Chickasaw miniature – 2 feet tall.

Greg Grant addresses the problem, seen all across the South, of the excessive pruning of Crape Myrtle trees sometimes called “Crape Murder.”

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