Abuse-free Crape Myrtles Is a Sight to Behold

Photo courtesy of Norman Winter

By Norman Winter

A 300-foot-long crape myrtle allée is a sight to behold, especially when it is in full bloom as it was when I was Director of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens.

While the visitors were shocked, if not mesmerized, by the amount of blooming color, they are equally stunned to know we didn’t prune. You see, most gardeners think pruning gives you more flower canopy, but it simply isn’t so.

Horticulturists everywhere have taken up the banner to end crape murder, which is the unnecessary topping or pollarding of the trees.

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