hi i have 4 crape myrtle trees about 4 years old the top looks very bare but...

Asked May 30, 2020, 7:26 PM EDT

hi i have 4 crape myrtle trees about 4 years old the top looks very bare but their is a lot of growth at the bottom of the tree ,it almost looks like a bush at the base. can these trees be saved ?

thank you

Kentucky

1 Response

It is not uncommon for the tops of crape myrtle trees to have some dead in the tops of the plants here in Kentucky. If the tops are completely dead you can remove those sections anytime. Prune/thin the new growth to the desired number of stems. When the tops of these plants are killed for whatever reason the new growth is usually too thick and bushy and requires some kind of pruning. The newer younger stems at the base usually grow very quickly because they are feeding off of the older established root system. Through this pruning/thinning 'rejuvenation' method you can most likely have a new plant in no time! Thanks!