Crapemyrtle – Losing Branches

Q: Can you tell me what is wrong with this crepe myrtle? It is losing its branches.

A: One of the results of chopping off the top of a crapemyrtle in winter is lots of lush growth the following spring. The stems thus produced are weakly attached. A rain storm results in many twigs falling to the ground.

Consider changing your pruning habits to leave more of a “brushy top”, with many small branches coming from multiple places at the top of the crapemyrtle trunks, instead of shortening them all to a central spot.

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