How should I prune these?

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Date Photo Taken: July 7, 2011
Location: Flowery Branch, GA
Posted By: David Lyle


I need to know what the name of these flowering trees is so I can look it up to see how I should prune them. They are very tall (12-20 feet I guess). They have beautiful pink flowers. However, they are touching the house and need to be cut back. I don’t want to injure or kill them. I don’t know what they are but I am sure someone will immediately know because I see them all over the place in GA. Thanks, David Lyle


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Nice shots! You will find this article on Walter’s site helpful.

    July 11th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
  2. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Oh me…here we go again. Walter has tons of articles on pruning crepe myrtle, such as this one:
    After looking at the photos, I recommend removing the two crepes planted close to the house. They are WAY to close and will always be causing problems with the siding. If you leave them, you are committed, or shall I say doomed, to constantly hacking on these plants to keep them off of the house. The other plant should be left alone. Only remove any sprouts or suckers that grow from the bottom.

    I manage the landscapes of 52 schools with an abundance of crepes. I have hundreds. I have observed that the less they are pruned, the better they look. They bloom earlier (mid May) and last longer. They are less prone to winter injury, and are easier to maintain. When they are allowed to grow to their natural size, they have a grace and elegance that can’t be bought for any price. However, if a plant is located too close to a house, or obstructs an important view, it should be removed and replaced with a more suitable selection.

    July 12th, 2011 at 9:59 pm
  3. Priscilla Unregistered says:

    Please tell me when and how to cut back my PLUM, PEACH, Pear & Pecan Trees????

    July 17th, 2011 at 10:22 am
  4. jack Unregistered says:

    how much can i cut back my butterfly bush?

    September 7th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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