Are my crape myrtles dead?
We just moved into this house last August and the crape myrtles were beautiful when we moved in. I've never had crape myrtles before. I did some research and saw that they are one of the last shrubs to get their leaves in the spring, but surely they should start showing some life by now.
We are near Grove in NE Oklahoma and we had 25"+ of snow and temps of almost 20 below this past winter. My crape myrtles still look totally dead, except that there are some sprouts coming up at the bottom of each one.
Should I cut away all the dead parts? Am I starting all over with just the little sprouts? They were over 6 feet tall and I hate to think that they are gone after only getting to enjoy them for a couple of months last summer. Is it just my bad luck that we had a hard enough winter to do that to them, my first year here?