A crepe myrtle, Nachez, was planted in june 2011 in a medium strip. The...

Asked October 7, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

A crepe myrtle, Nachez, was planted in june 2011 in a medium strip. The county has decded to put up a traffic light. The myrtle has not been trimmed yet and there is a concern that it could hinder view of the light (only abt 8 or 10 feet now). The myrtle has lots of buds on it now and a heavy trimming can wait till winter or early spring. Is it okay to trim back some of the longer branches now with no bad effect?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Typically crape myrtles are pruned in late winter or early spring before they put out their new growth but certainly you can trim back some of the longer branches. What you are seeing are not buds on the end of the branches but old, dried flower heads. Crape myrtles bloom on new wood that is produced in the spring.

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