2nd October 2019

southernliving
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Are crape myrtle trees or bushes?

All crepe myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring. On large shrubs and trees, remove basal suckers, twiggy growth, crossing branches, and branches growing toward the center of the plant. Crepe myrtles are not usually browsed by deer.

In this way, do crepe myrtle trees need a lot of water?

Water Requirements. Crepe myrtle likes a medium amount of water and prefers consistently moist soils where it can get it. However, once established, it is quite drought-tolerant and will subsist on a deep watering -- to a depth of 6 inches or so -- once or twice per month.

What time of year do you cut back crepe myrtles?

Late winter (right now) is the best time to prune a crepe myrtle, because it's leafless and you can easily see all of the branches. It also blooms on new growth, so pruning now won't reduce blooming. In fact, it may increase it.