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Jan 17, Cut the tree back to within one to two inches of the ground while the tree is dormant. After two to three weeks of growth, select three to five of the most vigorous new shoots on each trunk and remove all others.

Remove any new shoots that emerge later. Within three to five years, you will again have a natural-looking crapemyrtle. May 06, It is our opinion to live and let live, if pruning your tree makes you happy, then well go for it. When to Prune? Crepe Myrtles can be pruned at any time of the year. YES, you read that correctly! However, it is easier to prune in (January/February) winter as all the foliage has left the tree, making pruning and clean-up an easier task for you.

What to Prune? Look for any small “sucker” branches Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Feb 09, The winter time is the perfect time to prune these popular flowering trees.

Unfortunately, for many folks that involves topping the tree. Southern Living magazine coined the term “Crape Murder” to refer to the severe removal of large branches out of the tops of the trees. Topping requires less skill and time than other pruning methods, but it also results in delayed flowering, weak growth and Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. Oct 22, The best time to prune your crepe myrtle depends on your reasons for pruning it.

If you are removing dead, damaged, or diseased branches, then this can be done at any time of year and should ideally be done as soon as you notice an issue. To encourage blooming, prune immediately after flowers are spent.

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