Trees and Shrubs forum→Crepe Myrtle crossed trunks

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Mirthonearth
May 12, 2020 7:20 AM CST
I purchased a Natchez crepe myrtle and it has three main trunks. Two of the trunks are crossing but it is still young enough that I could try to uncross and retrain it if needed. Should it be uncrossed? Also there is an odd branch that grew inward and I plan to chop it off at the elbow in the winter. Any advice is welcome, thanks!
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oneeyeluke
May 15, 2020 1:59 AM CST
You can't unbend the limb and if you remove it, it will take about 5 years to regrow the size trunk you have now., You have a very pretty tree just the way it is and if you cut the branch off the tree will not look good. The way I fix distorted Crepe Myrtle trunks is to cut them off at the ground level with the ground in the Winter, and regrow new stems. The second year pick 8 stems and the 3 year leave only 5 and on the fifth year only 3 adult stems. Each time I pick the very best stratest stem and leave for the next year. In 5 years you will have a good Crepe Myrtle.
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