The tree pictured above was badly damaged by poor pruning techniques.
Feb 08, As the crape myrtle grows, you can remove lower branches from the main trunks to raise the canopy of the tree.
When pruning, thin out areas with many branches by cutting selected branches or limbs back to where it meets another bushmulching.clubted Reading Time: 4 mins. Dec 17, Remove limbs 1/3 to ½ of the way up the tree. This is a great way to show off the peeling cinnamon bark! Be careful not to remove limbs that are larger than 8” in diameter as these large branches can result in trunk decay.
Don’t let your crape myrtle be a victim! Proper planning and preventative pruning will help your crape myrtle develop into a gorgeous tree that will dazzle the bushmulching.clubted Reading Time: 3 mins. Feb 07, Late winter (February-March) is the best time to prune crape myrtles in eastern North Carolina. Like all trees, the correct way to prune a crape myrtle involves enhancing its natural form rather than trying to force it to grow in a space that is too small or an artificial shape.
Crape myrtles naturally grow as small upright or vase shaped trees with multiple bushmulching.clubted Reading Time: 4 mins. Jun 05, The rule of thumb is to trace down from the top of a stem (from the seedpods if the tree bloomed), to where that stem meets a branch. Using a pair of sharp bypass or lopper pruners make a cut about 6 to 12 inches or so above the intersection - never below the intersection. Nov 30, Late winter (February to March) is a good time to prune many trees and shrubs in eastern North Carolina and many gardeners are considering pruning their crape myrtles.
While crape myrtles, like many woody plants, benefit from judicious pruning to improve air circulation and remove crossing branches, you will see many that have simply been topped. Many crape myrtles are cut Estimated Reading Time: 1 min.