Crape Myrtle-leaves zapped by freeze

lsst(7b)April 7, 2007

All my Crape Myrtles leaves are brown and shriveled from the below freezing temps. They look terrible.

What will happen? Will new leaves emerge soon? Will it stress the trees?

The trees have been in the ground for about a year.

Thanks in advance.

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Hollyclyff

I had that happen a few years ago and they came back fine. Took a little while, but there was no permanent damage to mine.
Dana

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 1:35PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

I have a White Chocolate (shrub type) that got zapped by Japanese Beetles last year and still came back and bloomed. The WC and my Muskogee have just leafed out and look slightly damaged. I am hopefully these tough specimens will bounce back since mine bloom in mid-summer.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 7:22PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

They'll come back fine and bloom.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 7:29PM
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lsst(7b)

Thanks everyone!

When you say they will come back , do you mean from new sprouts at the bottom or will they bounce back from the old growth?

I double checked and some are only half burned so My husband and I spent a couple of hours covering them.
Unfortunately, all the Dynamites and Natchez are totally burned.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 8:28PM
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Hollyclyff

Mine produced new leaves and went on like nothing had happened. They just got a slightly later start that year. Dana

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 8:34PM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Your trees will produce leaves on the old wood. It takes temperatures below zero to kill a crape myrtle to the ground, so they should be fine.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 8:46PM
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lsst(7b)

Thank you, I feel so much better!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2007 at 8:49PM
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