The Q&A Archives: Crepe Myrtle - surviving the freeze?

Question: I have several young crepe myrtles. Our late
Spring freeze seems to have taken it's toll just when they were starting to leaf out. Now there is no sign of returning growth to the existing truncks, buy lots of new growth from the bottom. Should I trim back the existing

Answer: This has been a difficult season! You can certainly trim off any deadwood including if necessary cutting them off all the way down at the base. When the new growth is from the bottom, it is often a sign that the branches have been killed. Begin at the top and work your way down the plant checking for live wood. Live wood will be supple and has green just inside the bark. Dead wood is dull off color brown or gray and brittle, with no green inside. Trim off the dead and then trim more if needed to provide a somewhat balanced or symmetrical look. It is better to prune it now than to wait until later in the season.

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