Driving in the Southeast United States in Summer, crepe myrtles are clearly seen equally lining the medians of small cities and growing wild in wooded regions. The light pink to hot pink long flower clusters compete with pale lavender, almost reddish, and pure white graceful flower laden limbs. Viewed carefully, the trees growing without any grooming are a whole lot more appealing than those located cultivated along roadways and in home landscaping across the South.
There are many varieties of crepe myrtle plants, out of trees to enormous trees. Most men and women seem to choose their tree from the flower color with little thought to the possible size of the adult plant. Crepe myrtles respond well to winter pruning and it is likely to restrain the growth of even large species with heavy usage of pruning shears.
One unfortunate outcome of the heavy pruning noticed in some city and towns is a dwarf and misshapen line of trees that have been over-pruned year after year. These butchered plants are slow to leaf and slower to blossom and shed the graceful contour that lends charm to the landscape.
The attractiveness of the mature tree is not simply in its flowering branches but also in the beautiful curling bark that is so distinctive in every season. Alas, many types never have the chance to develop the beautiful birch-like bark. Unlike many plants, crepe myrtles aren’t killed by severe pruning.
Therefore, many towns and homeowners use these plants harshly in an attempt to control the size. When pruning crepe myrtles, an individual ought to depart the main branches intact so as to allow the tree to mature and develop the bark. Pruning should be done near the surface of the tree and should continue to keep the construction of the tree rather than trying to alter that arrangement.
Before planting the crepe myrtle, do a bit of research and find a species in which the mature size of the bush or shrub will fit into a landscaping without the necessity for over-pruning every year.