Muskogee Crepe Myrtle Looks Dead Need Help!

donna1294(7)April 22, 2014

I have a Muskogee Crepe Myrtle that looks like it is dead. This is my second spring with the tree and I do not remember it looking so bad last spring. The branches are straight up and close together with no budding yet. We had an exceptionally rough winter this year. Is this part of the normal dormancy for these trees?

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Crape myrtles are very slow to break dormancy in the spring. I live well within their best growing climate and they haven't leafed out here as yet. I'm in northern Alabama.

That being said, I do not think of New Jersey as ideal for these heat loving plants. Perhaps this winter was simply too harsh for your tree to survive.

Have you snipped any of the tips to see if the tissue is still alive?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 8:05PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

...or make a few scratches in your crApe myrtle's bark and look for green color right underneath the bark.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:09PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Mine are not leafed out yet.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:45AM
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Crapes are very slow to leaf out, and this year has been exceptional...brutal cold and now, slow to warm. That being said, my Crapes have done very well in NJ (Zone 7). Still, I think I lost some recently planted ones, but established plants will come back. There may be some dead wood to cut out. There are many Crape Myrtles being grown around here, and the Summer heat is intense and long enough to satisfy them--this past Winter though, has been exceptional. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 2:59PM
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Crepe's are slow to start out in the spring. You can also expect some top die back, possibly to the ground.

I planted a one gallon crepe last summer. I'm not expecting it to survive.

Good Luck.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:02PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

New spring growth still developing in Central Florida (Zone 9) last week.

This post was edited by bboy on Thu, Apr 24, 14 at 19:07

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:04PM
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Thank you everyone...our garden center expert advised us to wait since it is still early for the tree to come out of dormancy, however since this past winter was exceptionally harsh, the tree may not have made it :( I will be patient, but I will try another since they are plentiful in new jersey and I love them! We are on the northern end of the growing zone here in southern new jersey!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 9:53AM
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3/5 of my crapes died to the ground over the winter. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 10:17AM
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Oh j0n. :(

I'm in Texas not that far from the Gulf coast and the Pink Velour I planted last Fall started to leaf out the past two weeks or so. I didn't think it would make it since our winter was quite harsh as well, but it apparently lived through the ice storm at the end of winter and the pink and green leaves are looking very pretty. Best of luck with your Muskogee.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 9:18PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Looks like my Muskogee crape buds are just beginning to plump up a bit here in northern VA.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 9:41AM
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I don't think mine is alive...Planted it at about 6 feet tall 2 summers ago...came out of dormancy and bloomed beautifully last summer...I'll wait a bit longer! I will buy another and try again! This past winter was exceptionally harsh so hopefully we won't have another like that any time soon! I love the Muskogee...but does anyone have any thoughts on perhaps the pink ones are heartier? Everyone in my neighborhood has white or pink which is why I went with the purple! lol...appreciate any feedback! :)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 10:15AM
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Do you remember when it eventually started budding out?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 7:48AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

In zone 6 they leaf out LATE. May maybe.

I would be curious how it ever turned out. I have two which have each died to the ground at least once. more a perennial than a tree lol.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2015 at 11:41AM
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