Crape Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pastorgarmon
July 7, 2010
I just purchased a home and they have crape myrtle trees in the back that seem to be overgrown and out of shape. When can I prune the crape myrtles and try to had some symmetry.

Answer from NGA
July 7, 2010
Spring is the best time to prune crape myrtles. When the weather is hot and you prune, the parts of the tree that were formerly shaded will be exposed to strong sunlight, which can cause sunburn and death of soft tissues. You can prune back an errant branch or two now but I'd wait until spring to do major pruning.

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