Meet A Tree – Crepe Myrtle

Being a Tree Service in Austin, TX, we are passionate about beautiful trees. In today’s Meet-A-Tree blog post, we look at the Lagerstroemia, better known to us Texans as the Crepe Myrtle. As long as I’ve been in Central Texas, I’ve enjoyed the look of crepe myrtles but haven’t enjoyed the mess they can make on driveways and porches on windy days! Crepe myrtles are actually a native tree to south and southeast Asia, Indonesia, and parts of North Australia. We really notice the trees once they flower….most commonly in white, pink, purple, and red. Read more about how to care for crepe myrtles to ensure you maximize their beauty…….

Origins of Crepe Myrtles

As stated in the intro, crepe myrtles are not native to Texas or even the United States. It was introduced to the United States in the late 1700s. Unlike many of the trees brought to the U.S. in those times, crepe myrtles didn’t have a nutritional purpose. They’ve always been considered an ornamental tree. There are over 40 species of crepe myrtles. The the most common that we see in Central Texas are the red (Dynamite Crepe Myrtle), Pink (Pink Velour Crepe), and purple (Twilight Crepe Myrtle). They are considered tropical plants so they thrive in wet, humid areas. Makes sense since they are to be watered quite frequently, especially while they are young. They can grow up to 100 feet tall in their native countries. Here in the Central Texas, we see older crepe myrtles grow up to 30-40 feet tall.

Tree Care Tips

Even though crepe myrtles are extremely hearty trees, they still need a little care and attention. Taking care of Crepe Myrtles here in Texas need a well light area that receive at least 6-7 hours of suns daily. Once the trees are at the age that they are starting to flower then this is the right time to start pruning the suckers and other undesirable limbs. Trimming these things help allocate the resources the crepe myrtle uses for growth to the desirable limbs and flowers. Also, crepe myrtles will produce seed pods that grow at the end of limbs. You’ll notice these limbs start to sag. Pruning these seed pods will welcome new blooms since crepe myrtles only bloom on new growth.

Enjoying Your Crepe Myrtles

Taking care of your crepe myrtles properly can really provide beauty to your property. Trimming the crepe myrtle trees the right way can even promote a second and sometimes third bloom in a given year. If your crepe myrtles are blooming more than once a year then you know you’re doing something right!

Call us at Brents Tree Service for any advice that you need in regards to best trimming practices for crepe myrtles. Since we are an Austin Tree Service Company we can ensure you a beautiful trim on your crepe myrtles. Call us anytime for a free estimate!