Crepe myrtles woken up yet?
Hi, it's good to be back on GW. We were between houses for over a year, and last fall we finally moved in to an amazing house with a yard all ready for planting!
We inherited a crepe myrtle tree. I haven't had one before. I know they are supposedly borderline hardy in Zone 6, and they are slow to wake up in spring. But this late? The tips of the branches snap off like dead wood, and I tried to scratch the bark a bit on a thicker piece. I did not see any green under there, but the branch was bendy and didn't snap when I bent it a bit.
Normally I wouldn't worry, but last winter was just so bad and cold, I'm not sure what to expect from this tree. When is it typical for crepe myrtles to show signs of life in the spring in NJ?