Crape myrtle

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When pruning trees, work with their natural form. Do not butcher trees as has been done to these crape myrtles. (Photo by Dan Gill/LSU AgCenter)

How not to commit crape murder

“A tree which has lost its head will never recover it again, and will survive only as a monument of the ignorance and folly of its tormentor.” George William Curtis, American writer, editor and speaker
“Crape murder” is the term that has been coined to describe severely cutting back crape myrtle trees. Although perhaps a little overly dramatic, it is in use by horticulturist across the Southeast wherever crape myrtles are a popular and common tree.

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