Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?
I have three 12Â tall crape myrtle trees that have been in my yard six years and produced many flowers every year in a deep raspberry color. This spring, many of the trunks have split open and killed that portion of the tree. The splits are about 1/8" wide and 4" to 6" long. What would cause this? Other parts of the same tree did not split and are producing leaves beautifully with no problem. WhatÂs going on?