Crape Myrtle has excessive small reddish new growth - some growth on limbs appears normal.

Asked May 26, 2019, 3:47 PM EDT

Resembles Rose Rosette in reddish color and excessive small leaves - not on every branch but most - Crape Myrtle is 6-9 feet tall, in full sun. We did have tons of excess rain last year. Where cuts were made pith appears normal

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2 Responses

This looks like herbicide damage. It may have been applied nearby, or even floated in from outside your yard.

You can try letting it grow out of the damage, if it is not too severe. You can also prune it out, If there is enough plant left for it to survive. Your plant sounds severely impacted, and may not recover.
Here is more about herbicide damage: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/herbicide-damage

Ellen

This looks like herbicide damage. It may have been applied nearby, or even floated in from outside your yard.

You can try letting it grow out of the damage, if it is not too severe. You can also prune it out, If there is enough plant left for it to survive. Your plant sounds severely impacted, and may not recover.
Here is more about herbicide damage: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/herbicide-damage

Ellen