Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

cactus6103(8)April 30, 2010

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?


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I forgot to mention that I am located just north of Charlotte Nc. Thanks for any help.


    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 10:32AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Could be freeze damage. Did you experience an extra hard winter as so many of us did?

I would like to see some pictures, though.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 7:19AM
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The weight of ice or snow probably is the culprit.


    Bookmark   May 5, 2010 at 3:33PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

It couldn't take the wife any more.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 10:52PM
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I have a crape myrtle in my side yard that has done the same thing on one branch, although it still has great foliage. We had no ice or snow to speak of, so I'm up in the air as to the cause. I'd like to know, however, what I could do to repair the split and prevent further damage.


    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 12:21PM
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