crepe myrtle

  1. J

    Choosing front/pruning branches on Crepe Myrtle

    Hello all, I have a crepe myrtle I'd like to make into a bonsai, and I am having trouble picking a front, and subsequently choosing what branches to prune. I apologize for the crowded photos; I don't have a great spot to take pictures. I am open to any suggestions. I know I need to repot to...
  2. M

    Crepe myrtle leaf drop

    I have a broom style crepe myrtle that was a gift, came from Eastern leaf or something. Anyway had it prolly 2 years now it’s trunk is only maybe 1/2 or less thick and it’s only 5-6 inches tall. I don’t remember it losing leaves last winter (im also not positive it’s actually a crepe) cause the...
  3. SmallTreeGuy

    Does the Cambium regenerate?

    Ok, so I have a basic horticultural question. It does apply to one of my recent collections of a Crape Myrtle. I took out a CM from my yard and have cut the rootball into 4 sections. They are currently wired in planter boxes and it’s just a waiting game now for buds to start popping. However...
  4. SmallTreeGuy

    Collected Crape Myrtle…opinions?

    Hello all, Zone 8a. I am getting new landscaping put in and in an attempt to beat the landscapers, I dug out one of four, 25’ Crape Myrtles in my front yard. I have the option of getting all 4 obviously but I don’t think I have the time (or energy) for all of them before work is started next...
  5. T

    Mildew problem on crepe myrtle

    Recently got this crepe myrtle and it had some pest problems so I made a mixture of 1tbsp neem oil 1 tbsp baking soda w water and now it looks like it has another problem. Was hoping someone could help me with remedies
  6. Craps Myrtle

    Craps Myrtle

    30+ years old with added growth and blossoms in 2022! Will prune back when blossoms are finished.
  7. Apex37

    Nursery Stock Crepe Myrtle #1

    I’ve had this guy little under a year and figured I’d start a thread to track his progress and all. He’s got a long way to go, but I did some pruning last night and figured I’d start a thread for him. Here’s some upcoming plans and issues: 1. I’m having difficulty picking a front for this tree...
  8. Apex37

    Leaves Starting to Change on Crepe Myrtle. Time to Bring in?

    First year in bonsai so still learning and this will be my first winter. I know on all my other tropicals I need to start bringing them in once it starts dipping below 50. My crepe myrtle being sub-tropical, I assume to treat the same. The leaves are already starting to change pigments and...
  9. Apex37

    Pruning Tips

    I was curious what the usual course of action is when you have a branch that only has a downward or upward growing branch. This is for a crepe myrtle, as I'm sure this might be handled based on species and how well they backbud. I know this is usually not ideal and these branches are removed...
  10. M

    Crepe Myrtle: Decisions

    Hello friends. I dug up this young purple crepe myrtle from a friend’s yard that they didn’t want. It’s relatively long and skinny for bonsai so I’m deciding whether or not to chop off the majority of the top. My plan is pictured below. Seem like a good idea? What would you guys do?
  11. M

    Crepe Myrtle: Potential or No Potential?

    Hi all, In our landscape, there was this crepe myrtle that my parents wanted to get rid of and I figured: why not use it for bonsai. I am relatively new to bonsai and would like to know if this is usable material. The leaves on this variety are very small and glossy and the flowers are red...
  12. Rivian

    Cold hardy crepe myrtle?

    I read there are crepe myrtle / Lagerstroemia indica that were bred for Zone 5. I would like to add a few to my growing field, they have such pretty bark. Please tell me anything you know about this, especially if you have first hand experience
  13. Aaron S.

    Crepe Myrtle

    I have a large and beautiful crepe myrtle in my back yard that I would like to grow a cutting from. This tree defeats me at every turn. Every time I take a cutting it wilts and dies within the first day or so. I've tried different times of the year, I've used different growing mediums and no...
  14. TuckerBesosa

    Crep myrtle not pushing

    Hi everyone, a couple months ago I got a crepe myrtle in Florida ( I'm in North Carolina). All my other decadent trees have already have their leaves, and the crepe myrtle in my yard has leaves. Just wondering if anyone can help.
  15. L

    Brutish crepe myrtle

    Found an ugly one. This crepe was growing through weed mat into the ground amongst a forest of runaway ligustrum, sago palm and a quiver of fern in the dark shabby depths of a Florida nursery. Having fallen long ago, the crepe grew as a raft, it’s former nursery pot enclosure found fractured and...
  16. RobertB

    Prevent Crepe Myrtle New Leader From Flowering

    I have three crepe myrtles that were trunk chopped in later winter and had their roots significantly reduced, almost to nothing, this past spring that I am trying to grow the next section of trunks on. These trees are sooooo vigorous after recovering from the repot! I have removed the flower...
  17. Aaron S.

    Crepe Myrtle cuttings

    When is the best time for Crepe Myrtle cuttings? I have heard some say it is winter, some say June.
  18. J

    Crepe Myrtle Yamadori - branching/grafting advice

    Hey Y'all, This is my first bonsai project. I have a Crepe Myrtle that I collected from my Uncle's house when he sold it. The tree stood over 18 ft tall originally. I have continually cut back the trunk and roots over the past 4 years. I would now like to start training this tree and want...
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