Tree Pruning – Crape MURDER!

You may or may not be familiar with the term Crape “Murder” but it refers to the hacking off of the upper branches of Crape Myrtle trees, it what has become so common that people even think that you need to do it. The reality is that it deforms the tree as suckers shoot out from just below the cut as the tree attempts to save itself by flushing out this growth.

Crape mytles are tough, reliable trees for any landscape. They offer great color all summer and can come in a variety of colors and some with unique, beautiful looking bark. Some of our favorites are the ‘Dynamite’ (deep red blooms) and ‘Natchez’ (white blooms).


           Photo creds: Evergreen Plant Nursery & The Crape Myrtle Company

Stand out by going for a single trunk in lieu of the more common multi-trunk varieties. But please people, stop Crape Murder by using J. Cordell as your landscape and yard care expert to help you navigate through some of these unhealthy maintenance traditions.