Asked on Oct 17, 2017

When is the best time to cut back crepe myrtles in Tampa, Florida?

Vanice ChambersRSP29939535Linda


5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 17, 2017

    When they are finished flowering for your season
  • Susan Gremillion West
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Don't cut crepe myrtles.
  • Linda
    on Oct 18, 2017

    DON'T CUT crepe myrtles! You will weaken the tree! Let them grow naturally and only remove dead wood. Amputation is sad, besides being unsightly. I am a Master Gardner and we have to persistently tell people NOT to do this.

  • RSP29939535
    on Oct 18, 2017

    Crepe murder...Dont cut back...Let it grow and enjoy...
  • Vanice Chambers
    on Oct 19, 2017

    They are right! Don't cut them! These two are in my neighbor's yard and serve to shade our houses part of the time. In the second photo you can see a third one just peeking over the top of the house, it's way in the back corner. They have never been pruned.
    But if you do prune, don't do it until late winter after frost threat is past. They will come back by summer. Don't commit "Crepe Murder" as shown in this link.
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