Saturday, June 16, 2012

Crepe Myrtle cheer ...

Crepe Myrtles have begun their brilliant show of color across Texas, and the trees in our gardens are looking gorgeous!

Crepe Myrtle by Alamodeus.

I wanted you to first see our 'volunteer' Crepe Myrtle. When we built an addition to our home 12 years ago, we had to cut down a beautiful tree. A couple of years later, this little sweetie popped up from the old tree's roots. 

Crepe Myrtle by Alamodeus.

I've never pruned it in any way so it can grow as it pleases. It's something between shrub and tree, and now about six feet tall.

Crepe Myrtle by Alamodeus.

What I really wanted you to see is the amazing color (and I have not colorized these photos at all). The delicate blooms are such an intense pink and truly beautiful.

Crepe Myrtle by Alamodeus.

This volunteer is an exception to my standard rule about keeping Crepe Myrtles shapely. These beautiful trees are really low maintenance, but some pruning is necessary to keep a well-groomed shape.

Image via Grumpy Gardener.

This is a good example of a well-maintained Crepe Myrtle. It hasn't suffered what we call 'Crepe Murder,' that tragic pruning to the bone that many commercial lawn service companies commit.

Image via the Grumpy Gardener.

This is 'Crepe Murder,' an offense of the highest degree! This is an example of how Crepe Myrtles should not be pruned! 

If a tree needs any shaping, please put away the chain saws and lopers. Use a good set of shears and selectively snip branches to train the direction of new growth.

Image via Dam Tree Services.

Pruned and fertilized properly, a Crepe Myrtle will create a magnificent show of color throughout the growing season. Beautiful!


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