crape myrtle

Asked February 9, 2014, 4:37 PM EST

The tips of my crape myrtle turn brown, then they all fall off. New leaves grow just before they bloom. Blooms are sparse.

Pinellas County Florida crape myrtles leaf drop

1 Response

At this time of year, crape myrtles are generally going to be bare, as they are deciduous. Browning of leaf tips might be a result of excessive fertilization or salt injury, or possibly a foliar disease. Sparse flowering might be a result of insufficient nutrients, improper pH, or not enough sunlight.

There are a lot of possibilities here that will need some additional diagnosis to solve.

I suggest you contact your local Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension office in Largo for additional assistance. Here is their contact information: http://pinellas.ifas.ufl.edu/home_landscape/index.shtml