Guide to Crepe Myrtle Care

Guide to Crepe Myrtle Care

The Crepe Myrtle tree is one of the most beautiful trees that are found in almost every home. Not all trees can match the spectacular combination of this tree: the sculptural trunks, colorful autumn foliage, and the beautiful summer flowers. The Crepe Myrtle tree that you should consider adding to your landscape if it is missing. The following tips will help you make an informed decision.

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Choosing the right Crepe Myrtle

The beautiful summer flowers have made many people run to the garden shop to buy this tree. It is, however,flower advisable just like in other decisions not to buy impulsively. When in the garden shop, make sure that you pay attention to the tag of the plants. You should ensure that you are buying the tree of the preferred color, shape, and size.

This tree species vary in size; there are the dwarf selections and the tall selections. You should know the mature height of the tree that you are purchasing as this will help you identify a suitable site. The geographical location may also influence the species that you will choose.

Where to plant

It is critical to note that Crepe Myrtles uses many landscapes. When they are planted together, they form a large deciduous screen or hedge. A single tree can, however, be used to create a distinctive focal point which may be beautifully done on the front door. You should, therefore, choose the right size which suits your needs.

The larger types of Crepe Myrtles usually need room to grow without encroaching on the pavements, power lines, and buildings just but to mention a few. The medium-size selections are perfect for the garden home or the small courtyard. The dwarf varieties, on the other hand, look great in the foundation plantings and large containers. They can also be incorporated to the perennial flower beds. Moreover, these species love the sun that is why those that grow under a shade usually have fewer flowers.

Pruning for more flowers

red flowersOnce the tree has bloomed and shed the first flowers, the seed formation is usually the next stage. The small round capsules or seedpods usually weigh the pods down making them sag. The seedpods should be cut by using a pair of clippers.

The new shoots with buds will appear quickly and a second bloom will be obtained. If the temperatures remain warm as we proceed to the fall, and you continually remove the seedpods, you may get a third and even a forth.

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