Weed or Baby Crepe Myrtle?

mattp321July 21, 2014

Haven't mowed the lawn in a few weeks since it's been so hot. These things are sprouting up in one area of the yard. I've seen them in the past but always just mowed them down with the grass.

This time I dug down to have a look and they are shooting up from roots underground. Roots are about 1" in diameter and about 8" below ground. There used to be a old red or pink crepe myrtle in the area, which I had to cut down (stump was removed too) about 4 years ago to re-grade the yard.

These things are only coming up in this area of the yard.

If they are baby crepe myrtles, attached underground, is there any chance to cut them from the old roots and transplant them elsewhere? Anyone have any ideas about that?

Or, are these just some strange looking weeds I should spray/mow?

Picture shows how it looks above ground.

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mattp321

Another view underground of the plant connected to a root. (in this case, the end of a root)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:51PM
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norar_il

They sure do look like the new growth coming from the roots of my crepe myrtles which I thought the horrible winter had killed. Personally, I'm rejoicing.

I'm sorry, but I don't know if they can be cut from the root and replanted. Maybe if you got the part of the root they're actually coming up from it would work. Worth a try if you want them, I'd say.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:57PM
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alisonoz_gw

Certainly look like crepe myrtle to me, too.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 1:54AM
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aswhad(belgium-europe)

Let it grow for a bit and take cuttings, it's not more difficult to do.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:15AM
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esh_ga

A baby crape myrtle is a weed to me! Looks like a root sprout.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:10AM
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