Can I prune newly planted crape myrtle?
I have just (like last weekend) planted an Acoma crape myrtle in my garden. It is about 6 feet tall and has 3 main trunks. One of the main trunks has a fork and the inside branch of that fork is growing into the center of the branches and rubbing against one of the other main "trunks". I have read alot about the proper pruning of CM's and think that this branch should be removed above the collar so it will not rub against other branches and will help open up the center of the tree - the question is when to do this prune? I would like to do it earlier (once spring really arrives) rather than later (next year) but do not want to put more stress on the newly planted tree. It does not look like it on the photo but it is planted 5 feet away from everything in preparation for an ultimate 10 foot spread. Ok to prune the branch that rubs and also tidy up the super skinny branches?
This post was edited by gigim on Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 12:01