Trees and Shrubs forum: Trim this Crape Myrtle

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 2, 2015 5:26 PM CST
I'm starting a new thread. @Pirl's beautiful pollarded (my new Word of the Day) Crape Myrtle prompted me to consider trimming up our own leggy Crape Myrtle tree. Maybe not a true pollard, as that would constitute Crape Murder. But removing branches much larger than the recommended pencil-size. I had this tree professionally pruned last Spring. The same Tree Company removed 4 other trees that were too close to the house. They left this one saying it had a chance to ge a pretty tree being on the corner and the sun it receives. The pruning did not improve its shape, however. What do you think? ?
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Frillylily
Jul 2, 2015 5:37 PM CST
I think its beautiful and I wouldn't do anything more to it.

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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 2, 2015 7:06 PM CST
I'm torn between trying to get someone to move it, chopping off a few limbs (semi murder) to get it to bloom lower or just replacing it with a new CM that could be placed in the lawn - one that won't go above 15 or 20'. Your home is far too beautiful to have a CM that blooms so high that you and others have to strain your necks to see it.
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Frillylily
Jul 3, 2015 5:53 AM CST
That is true that it is pretty tall for blooms, but the size compliments the 2 story height. People from a distance (think driving by) would be able to see the blooms nicely. What about an under-planting? That would help fill in the area underneath and add color/texture for those walking through.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 3, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Good idea. An underplanting would eliminate the "bony legs" of the existing CM and be even more attractive.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 3, 2015 6:30 PM CST
The tree is very proportion to the house and that is what I wanted. The thing is, those leggy branches sway and hang low when it rains. It looks pretty bad until it recovers. Thought if I could give it more branches, it wouldn't sag so much? See those Buford holly hedges below it? They are 5 feet tall from the sidewalk in front of it. I cut off 18" a few months ago. They are huuuge. Below the hollys are a row of ruellia. Any more undergrowth below it would have to be of mega proportion. Thanks for your thoughts on this. I just want a fuller look. Maybe a good trim next February, leave it alone, then see what happens after that??
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jul 3, 2015 8:25 PM CST
Maybe trim half and see if the results are what you want?
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Frillylily
Jul 3, 2015 9:47 PM CST
@pirl
do you mean to trim half of the branches back or to trim the total height by half?
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 4, 2015 7:35 AM CST
If you trimmed back half the limbs to 6' or 8' you would get blooms lower on the plant to help fill it out, right?
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2015 10:23 AM CST
I agree This is what I'm thinking. Half way back the branches are 3"+ thick.. Maybe up a little further to save my arms and pects? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 4, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Ha! Cut at whatever height is easiest for you!
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2015 10:51 AM CST
....Or my tallest ladder! ha!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 4, 2015 12:01 PM CST
A step stool is as far as I go now!
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 4, 2015 12:04 PM CST
I think you should sit on your step stool to trim you newest crepe myrtle, @Pirl. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Jul 4, 2015 12:07 PM CST
I'd have to lean down quite far!

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