Prune dwarf Crape Myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

austin, Te
Question by rrhensley200
March 7, 2010
My dwarf Crape Myrtle is about foot and half high and vary thick. Pleae advise how to prune.

Answer from NGA
March 7, 2010


Dwarf crape myrtles (those that stay 4 to 5 feet or shorter at maturity) can get rather lanky when allowed to grow to full height. Since you will never be developing them as trees, you may want to keep them as short and compact as you can. Not unlike the woody perennial butterfly bush, dwarf crape myrtles can be cut to within 10 to 15 inches of the ground each winter, almost like leggy perennials. They will regrow vigorously in the spring and begin blooming on their new growth by summer. However, extreme pruning of this nature must be used only for the very short varieties, and only when they tend to grow gangly without it. After pruning yours back for height, you can reach into the center of the plant and remove as many of the stems as you like to open it up.

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