Does anybody think this crepe myrtle is worth the money??

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I really like the bark on mature myrtles. Found some decent sizers at a local landscape nursery.

Here is one I thought had the most potential due to the base. $39.99
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maybe trunk chop... sumo?? Would it survive??
Let me know what you guys think
 
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Definitely yes.

And crepe myrtles can survive anything. Probably nuclear war.
Thanks for the response.

Think it would survive the trunk chop now or should I wait till next spring?? I’m gonna at least have to prune it back hard just to get it in my Honda lol
 

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I’d pass. I don’t see a good base, or a good trunk line to chop back to, and as fast as they grow, you aren’t really ahead with $40 spent.
 
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I’d pass. I don’t see a good base, or a good trunk line to chop back to, and as fast as they grow, you aren’t really ahead with $40 spent.

It’s not great. Especially past the base.

I was thinking something like this

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$40 is a lot of money for some...
 

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It’s not great. Especially past the base.

I was thinking something like this



$40 is a lot of money for some...
Well, there are great deals at $4000, and ripoffs at $40. To me, what you’d be left with isn’t worth $40. I’d look for something with a better base, and without scars to heal, and maybe a good second section of trunk to chop back to. Even if it’s smaller, starting with something of better quality planted in the ground for couple years would produce a 3” trunk, without flaws to overcome.
 
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Well, there are great deals at $4000, and ripoffs at $40. To me, what you’d be left with isn’t worth $40. I’d look for something with a better base, and without scars to heal, and maybe a good second section of trunk to chop back to. Even if it’s smaller, starting with something of better quality planted in the ground for couple years would produce a 3” trunk, without flaws to overcome.
So you see nothing with the proposed chop marks? That’s fine if you don’t. I see a little something in there. Although it might not be worth the effort...
 

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Too bad there's no long shot of the proposed front...
 

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All bonsai considerations aside, nursery stock is usually priced by the size of the container. I can't tell from the photos, how big is it? Relative to the size of the container, it has a thick trunk for nursery stock. My guess is that it is pretty root bound.
 
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All bonsai considerations aside, nursery stock is usually priced by the size of the container. I can't tell from the photos, how big is it? Relative to the size of the container, it has a thick trunk for nursery stock. My guess is that it is pretty root bound.


Trunk is about 3-4 inches where it meets the nebari
 

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So you see nothing with the proposed chop marks? That’s fine if you don’t. I see a little something in there. Although it might not be worth the effort...
Still no. But it’s not my time or money, so if you see something, don’t ask here, go get after it.
 

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It doesn’t seem that bad to me. It’s hard to tell but there might be some better potential with higher chops
 

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You think taking it down half way or so now. Let if recover for a season. Then chop the rest would help insure survival?
If I can't see it, nobody can offer opinions. The nebari and low trunk are very interesting, but a tree is a whole thing and to be a great tree it has to have the rest of the story.
 

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