Crepe Myrtles – Pruning

Q: A couple of weeks ago you recommended tree-form crape myrtles for low maintenance. Everyone I know complains long and loud about the annual pruning of crape myrtles. Do you advocate not pruning them?

A: You are correct. I advocate no pruning on tree-form crapemyrtles other than occasional removal of the small trunk sprouts. Folks who complain about annual pruning are those who chose the wrong type or size of crapemyrtle in the first place.

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