|I was wondering how to prune a crape myrtle tree? Why are some of the trees pruned to a single trunk and some to multiple trunks? Could the multi-trunks be pruned to be a single trunk?|
|The number of trunks doesn't matter to the tree only to the eye of the owner! You can reduce a multi-trunk tree to one trunk if you so desire. The best time to prune a crape myrtle is in late winter (February) prior to the start of new growth. |
Crape myrtles need very little pruning and most pruning is only done for the sake of the owner's aesthetic preferences. Far too many crapes are butchered with severe, "flat-top" pruning. It is better to maintain a natural form by thinning out crowded growth. Rather than leave the blunt stubs by severly flat-topping a crape, thin growth by removing a few selected branches where they join another branch.
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