Crepe Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mlblair0709
July 16, 2009
Last year, my crepe myrtle started yellowing leaves which quickly drop. This year, it seemed to be fine, but now the same thing is happening. I have another crepe myrtle in the yard not far from this one - so same soil, water, etc. Any thoughts about what I can do to stop this? Thanks!

Answer from NGA
July 16, 2009


Check the fallen leaves carefully for spots or signs of insects. If you find none, the problem indicates some stress. Heat stress is most common, followed by water stress. Although you have two and only one is showing signs of stress, that particular crepe myrtle just isn't getting the water it needs or is more sensitive to the heat. It may outgrow the heat stress, but it should be consistently getting the water it needs or it will eventually decline. You might try giving it a little more water to see if that improves things. I hope so!

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