Texas Shohin Crape Myrtle

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New tree on the benches. Unclear what variety it is, but the flower color is pink and the bark exfoliates heavily, leaving a beautiful blotchy coloration on the trunk.
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Someone needs to remind me to stop buying such big trees. The box I‘m repotting it is is on the back bench.

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The tree was slabbed two years ago and planted essentially as a giant cutting. Once I cleared all the muck from below the tree, I was able to examine the work after two years. All of the large downward growing roots were cut clean at the nebari with a chain saw. It was reported to me that there were no roots of any kind after the work was done. Pretty amazing - I’ve heard of this kind of think being done with Crape Myrtle, but I think this is the first time I could study it in detail.

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You make me feel a little better about myself. Am running out of space but interested in buying another one. The different between us is you have time to work on yours and I don't.
 

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That is nice bark! It makes me think it is one of the L. indica X faurei hybrid cultivars, which have better mildew resistance.

I hope so. The crape Myrtle I’ve had in the past have been susceptible to powdery mildew and white fly.
 

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My crapes are usually the last to leaf out. Its not surprising you're ahead of us, but I AM surprised yours is already in leaf.
 

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Scott, that tree house is pretty cool! You gonna take it with you?

I love the tree house, but it’s not very transportable. I might have to build a new one at the next place.

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My crapes are usually the last to leaf out. Its not surprising you're ahead of us, but I AM surprised yours is already in leaf.

just started budding out a few days ago. It’s been a mild winter.

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The base on this thing is terrific! Is there a large chop scar in the back?
 

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