Will my Crepe Myrtle recover?

hermhart(6b IN)April 19, 2012

Our crepe myrtle (Genus: Lagerstroemia, Species: indica) has had one year of good growth. The previous year we planted a tiny sapling in the winter. In the spring it sprouted and grew and bloomed. That October we transplanted it. The next spring (a year ago) it put out new growth from the ground. The wood that was above ground had died. But that new growth got to be about 3 feet tall and had nice blossoms. THIS spring we had an unusually warm March causing everything to start early. The crepe myrtle is one of the latest to start, but we could see a lot of little buds forming on the twigs. Well as expected we have had a lot of nights below the freezing point, and now all of those buds look dead. So my question is, what is the prognosis? Is the plant dead? Will it sprout from the ground again? Will it start new buds to replace the frozen ones? What can we expect?

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Cher(6 SW OH)

I am in a watching mode over here. Same thing happened to my new one planted last year. The wood underneath is still green so I am hopeful but the next month should tell me more. Maybe someone has a better answer for you then mine since it's a wait and see.
Cher

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 7:12AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

So my question is, what is the prognosis?

===>> the prognosis is to wait another month and see what happens ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:09AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I doubt your crApe myrtle is dead, but it may have to resprout from it's roots as it did previously. Only time will tell.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2012 at 9:50PM
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hermhart(6b IN)

I'm happy to report that our Crepe Myrtle is very much alive. New growth is appearing on about 80% of the twig structure so far and the growth looks very healthy. We we are excited about this. Thought you all would like to know.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 8:40AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

My crApe myrtle collection here in TN did the same thing. Of course mine were established, so I wasn't really worried about them. They are almost back to normal now. Glad yours made it too!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 10:36PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Glad to hear yours if fine. Mine has releafed also.
Cher

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 10:59AM
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samnsarah

Crepe myrtle shrubs are pretty tough. It will probably be fine. I had a large crepe myrtle at my old house, and I don't think I could kill it if I tried. Like many others are saying, just be patient and wait to see what next month brings.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 3:35PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Apparently plantingman didn't bother reading the follow-ups.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 9:39PM
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reyesuela(z7a)

In places where crape myrtles are marginal, they have been known to die back to the ground every year! Some neighbors in the high desert had a crape myrtle that did this.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 2:56AM
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