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Mwilliams1926
Feb 5, 2017 12:50 PM CST
I have some crape mrytles that have been around a long time. They were supposed to stay in tree form, but with neglect some have turned into a more bush style. The suckers are definitely difficult to control. Is there a plant that can be planted at the base of the crape to help control or suffocate the suckers without harming the crape?
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ShadyGreenThumb
Feb 5, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Not that I know of. I have 26 year old crepe myrtles with a huuuuge sucker base around it from me cutting those things back all these years. But I never could get down to the bottom and so the base gets bigger and bigger! Oddly enough, I have a 20 year old crepe in the back yard that has 1 sucker is all.. I have left it to it's own graces for some foliage around the base of the 40 ft mother tree.

We cut down the 4 other 26 year old crepes. They were planted by the original owner and were way too close to the house. The crepes are gone but the suckers remain. Good luck! Welcome!
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porkpal
Feb 5, 2017 3:53 PM CST
I have a number of 30+ year old Crepe Myrtles and none have produced suckers. Am I just lucky or are they a different variety?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 5, 2017 4:07 PM CST
If you want the tree form, you have to keep cutting the suckers off.
I lived in a house years ago. That had a crepe mertile that had 8 or 10 trunks at base/trunk. Bouquet shaped, with all trunks uniform sized. It was a lovely shaped tree. Beautifully shaped. 30 to 35 feet tall. It never had any suckers.
Maybe theres some varieties that are prone to grow those suckers ???
Are trees healthy ???
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