Crape Myrtles - Knowledgebase Question

Monroe, NC (Zone 7B)
Question by schambers432
August 13, 2007
My Crape myrtles seem to be getting by eaten by something, the branches will completely turn brown and die. the shape of the mark is like a diamond, up and down the the tree branches.
Any information you can give me I will be grateful. thank you. Shari

Answer from NGA
August 13, 2007


Aphids and Japanese beetles are the two most common insect pests of crape myrtle trees but they feed on the foliage, not on the branches. The only thing I'm aware of that might make patterns in the trunk are birds (sapsuckers or woodpeckers). For these pests, there's not much you can do except scare them away when you see them.

Wish I had more information to share. Best wishes with your crape myrtles!

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