Bark Came Off My Crape Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Leesburg, FL
Question by sydneytl
May 16, 2000
The bark came off the trunk of my crape myrtle tree. At this point all the leaves look healthy. Why did this happen and will the tree survive?

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2000



That is most likely the natural exfoliating of the outer bark. It is normal for a crape myrtle and sometimes creates a bit of a color pattern (tan, brown and/or reddish brown) on the smooth bark underneath. This is one of the nice ornamental features of this great southern plant.

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