Pruning Crape Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
March 6, 1998

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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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