Crepe myrtle pruning when transplating

Asked September 24, 2020, 7:41 PM EDT

I'm going to move a 3 yr old CM this winter. Is it ok to prune down to 12-16 inches above ground to start growth over in Spring?

Multnomah County Oregon

4 Responses

Yes, when you transplant a shrub you can prune it hard and let it regrow. Also make sure to prune any roots that get broken as you transplant.

Here is good information about transplanting a shrub:

Good luck.

Thank you!! Can I do that now, or do I need wait til fully dormant?

I'd wait until it is dormant, but you could do it now if you water it really well. If you do it now, pre-water the plant and where you will move it. Saturate the soil. Wait a day or two and then transplant.