Crepe myrtle

Asked June 15, 2018, 7:54 AM EDT

I have a crepe myrtle about 3 years old that hasn't budded yet this year and has no green on the limbs only a couple of new shoots near the base. Is it dead? Is there anything I can do ?

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1 Response

It's likely that your crape myrtle is not hardy enough to withstand the extreme cold temperatures of last winter. And, because we had just warm temperatures so late in fall into December, many plants did not harden off enough and so the cold temps were a double whammy.

It appears that the roots survived. Cut off the dead top growth. You can let the new growth grow up and replace it. Eventually it should be just like the dead part. Or replace the entire plant with one that is more cold hardy.

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