Planting a Crape Myrtle

Asked July 30, 2015, 2:14 PM EDT

We're interested in planting a crape myrtle where currently there is a small pine tree. We were told that it's best to wait a year after taking down the pine tree before planting the crape myrtle, due to acidity of soil. Is that correct or could we plant it soon after taking down the pine tree and root?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Crape myrtles are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, but all trees need to be planted on undisturbed soil. If planted in a spot where roots have been chipped, the soil settles and newly planted trees end up deeper in the soil than they would like to be. If you plant your crape myrtle on undisturbed soil, you can plant it any time you want. Be sure to select a cold hardy cultivar. If we have a winter like last one, it would be better to plant it in the early spring. vw