The great Crape Myrtle Dilemma

One of the myths surrounding proper pruning of the Crape Myrtle:

“If you prune, it will bloom more prolifically.”

I submit evidence to the contrary…

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

On today’s walk I took my iphone and told Cammie that we would be making several stops along the way to take pictures.

She was not amused…

Jack Russell Terrier

Now, I am no horticulturalist, but I have been the caretaker of several Crape Myrtles over the years,

and it is my opinion that the tree needs to be spared the knife.

Another myth:

“The Crape Myrtle will need to be pruned in order to control its’ size.”

I agree with Felder Rushing who says something along these lines – people who are not satisfied with the size of a plant simply chose the wrong plant.

Just select a plant that will not grow to be 25-30 feet tall if you do not want a plant that is 30 feet tall.

Don’t punish the plant for your mistake…

Crepe  Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

Did I mention that Cammie was not amused…

Jack Russell Terrier

One of the things I love about the trees that have been left from the carnage of the pruners are the beautiful trunks…

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

A consensus of the neighbors on Pinehurst, about 3 years ago, was to stop pruning.

This is what our boulevard looks like today…

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

For me, the Crape Myrtle should be free…

Crepe Myrtle

What about you?

Crape murder Myrtle – to prune or not to prune?

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  1. I agree with you! Shape them up, but no crepe murder!

  2. Margaret Tohill says:

    AbsoLOOTLy agree! Have always felt so sad to see the crape myrtles whacked off at the top, only to develop large balls of foliage/blooms atop. Takes all season for them to grow out enough not to be all trunk with bush-like balls above. CMs are to be graceful and willowy, not robotic in shape.

  3. I agree with you and Felder. The crepe myrtles are really beautiful this year!

  4. Great photos. Agree with you. Go look at the gorgeous lavender ones, about ten of them, in front of Duling School.

  5. Angelyn says:

    My neighbor told me not to prune! I always do what my neighbor says when it comes to flowers and plants!

  6. Marilyn Brookes says:

    come see my crepe myrtles at 820 Arlington. The one in the front yard is glorious, but the one in the back is poetic. No trimming ever, except to free up the walk way.

  7. Most of my customers like training the trunks of the crapes into beautiful trees. Also agree with getting the right size tree.