Pruning Tree: Crape Myrtle Term: Pruning
Crape Myrtle Lagerstoemia Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, White Bloom Time: Mid summer to Mid Fall Relatively drought tolerant Has very showy summer flowers and attractive bark
Should be pruned to multiple stems with all branches below 3 -4’ removed
The removal of living plant tissue to stimulate growth, remove dead tissue, or reshape a shrub or tree.
Crape Myrtle Cultivars
5 Harmful Cuts
Types of pruning cuts
Remove back to trunk or large stem
Get new growth at the tips
Pruning trees to make the 2 dimensional
Thinning cuts Cut whole branches to the stem or trunk
Get more vigorous growth on the remaining branches
What to remove? This will be on the exam!
Heading Cut: Where to cut
Thinning Cut: Where to cut?
How to cut large branches
A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of the most important tools. Cuts up to 3/4 inches in diameter may be made with them
Lopping shears are similar to pruning shears, but their long handles provide greater leverage needed to cut branches up to 11/2 inches in diameter
Hedge shears are meant only for pruning hedges, nothing else. They usually cut succulent or small stems best. Cut multiple small stems with each stroke.
Hand saws are very important for cutting branches over 1 inch in diameter. Many types of hand saws are available. Special tri-cut or razor tooth pruning saws cut through larger branches — up to 4 inches in diameter — with ease
Pole saws allow for extended reach with a long handle, but they must be used carefully as it’s difficult to achieve clean cuts with them
When to prune Spring flowering shrubs & trees – right after blooming Flower on last years growth Summer flowering shrubs & trees – in dormant season Decrease opportunity for disease
When in doubt prune when dormant
Draw where to prune Put in your notebook