Crepe Myrtle story
The big old crepe myrtle that came with our farm was killed back to three feet above the ground by the -10F temps we had about a decade ago. It's old enough that the stems are wood. Many are between two and three inches in diameter.
My good news is that although the Easter Freeze killed all the new leaves that were beginning at the ends of the ten foot long wood and this morning, back lighted by morning sunlight, I could see that all the branches had the beginning of new growth out very close to the ends.
As I joyously exhale at the survival of this grand old tree, I hope your crepes come back as well.