transplant or cut a crepe myrtle

kmonsonMay 24, 2013

We have 4 crepe myrtles that were unfortunately planted too close to our house. We are now adding a second floor and have to do something with them. They are each around 15 feet tall and grow straight up. They have been trimmed by the various owners so there is no side growth. We have a great place in front of the house for two, but can I transplant trees that big? Or will they resprout new growth if we cut them down to a more manageable size. I hate to get rid of them completely...
Thanks for any advice.

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

They will re-sprout, in fact the trunk can be ground down below ground level and a few years later it does its Phoenix
thing and rises from the ashes.
But, what rises may be a clump that spreads too wide for the space.

If you take them out you'll need to dig out a huge amount of core root area. If you leave some, it could return.
Do you plant to replant something else in place of the crapes? If so, you'll want to be certain to get all the core roots and most of the side roots.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 5:34PM
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charlesinsc(8a)

I had an 8 year old Natchez that was blocking a view. Armed with a mattock hoe, shovel, large pruners and a chain saw I went to dig it up. Ha! I cut 13 lateral roots and then hit it with a sledge hammer and it did not budge. A man must know his limitations. Cut it off slightly below ground level. The next year it sprouted and grew to about 8 feet tall and bloomed in August!

I cut back, round up on it etc. Spouts coming up each year. I finally hired a guy with a ditch digger that came and dug it up in about 40 minutes. This was an area that was fairly moist.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2013 at 12:46PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Cut them down to 12 inches and spray stumps with Brush Killer, wait a month for new growth to emerge, spray that with Brush Killer, repeat 12 times. They might die then, with luck.

Buy something new for the other area.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 1:26AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

You could always move to another home..I did that to get away from Bermuda grass.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 3:54PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

(I wasn't kidding!)
Don't wonder why the towns and cities plant these things in the medians of 4 lane roads.
No matter how many times these crapes get run over by cars/trucks they come back up.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 3:57PM
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