Pruning Crape Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

Chattanooga, TN
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Question by larry071
March 6, 1998
How should I prune my crape myrtle?

Answer from NGA
March 6, 1998
Crape myrtles bloom on the current season's wood, which means they should be pruned in late winter. Shorten the branches by one-half or two-thirds of their length. Try to make your cuts above an outward-facing bud. Your efforts will be rewarded when your plant produces more blooming shoots this summer!

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