Overgrown Crepe Myrtle

Asked April 8, 2016, 1:06 PM EDT

Have an overgrown crepe myrtle. Crepe myrtle is a Miami, about 4 years old. Had planned to prune in February was detained out of town. Can I still prune it in the first week of April? Any suggestions on pruning techniques would be appreciated - I do not want to cut the tops off, but prune the branches back.

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

Your crape myrtle should be opened up, but not topped. The following publication from our sister extension university in SC should be helpful. http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/trees/hgic1009.html