Our crape myrtles have their good years and their less good years, but 2021 has been pretty good for this flowering tree in Charlotte County! Crape myrtle blooms are popping right now catching the eye in both residential landscapes and in ... READ MORE
Crape myrtle is a very hardy plant for central Florida, with few cultural problems It is a good thing, for this plant is frequently mistreated, yet survives on toughness. Perhaps the most common malady the plant is asked to overcome is improper ... READ MORE
Pruning your Crape Myrtle
One of the attractive flowering trees in the landscape is the Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia sp. Their shape, bark color, and flowers are a highlight of the summer landscape in Florida. As is more easy to see over ... READ MORE
Q: I am very concerned about several trees on my property. I just moved here and have never had to care for a yard. The bark is peeling and the color underneath is orange. Is this caused by a fungus?
A: I am so glad you called me before you ... READ MORE
Q: I have a crape myrtle that has leaves with brown tips; they look like they have been dipped in chocolate. I haven’t put any fertilizer on them but I water them every morning at 2am for about 20 minutes. What could be wrong?
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A: These sprouts growing around the base of the crape myrtle are called suckers. If you leave them they will eventually become large making the tree have more trunks than desired. We would suggest limiting the crape myrtle to no more than five ... READ MORE
Q: Can you give me the names of crape myrtles which are not susceptible to powdery mildew? I am ready to get rid of the tree I now have and replace it because it never looks healthy.
A: The best way to avoid powdery mildew is to plant one ... READ MORE
A: After looking at your photos and examining the samples of your leaves, I believe the spots are caused by a fungus called Cercospora lythracearum as it is the most common fungal leaf spot on Lagerstroemia indica (crape myrtles). In Florida ... READ MORE
A long period of striking summer flower color, attractive fall foliage, and good drought-tolerance all combine to make Crape-Myrtle a favorite small tree for either formal or informal landscapes. It is highly recommended for planting in urban ... READ MORE
Burgundy-leaved crapemyrtle is one of the most exciting breeding accomplishments in years. Unlike previous selections, many new crapemyrtle cultivars have leaves that retain dark burgundy coloration from spring budbreak through fall leaf drop. ... READ MORE