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When should you prune a Crape Myrtle tree?

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Prune a crepe myrtle tree at the end of winter or the beginning of spring. Flowers only emerge on new growth and early pruning stimulates the plant to send out new shoots.

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Prune crepe myrtles a second time, after the spring flowers fade. This encourages more flowering and heavy pruning is usually not necessary.

To prune a crepe myrtle, remove branches that rub against or cross each other. Take out dead or diseased looking limbs. Remove the branches closest to the ground, if a tree shape is desired. Do not worry about removing seed heads, as the plant will drop them naturally and continue to bloom.

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