Crepe Myrtle damage: was it the freeze or the timing?
So I can see that many of the crepe myrtles around Knoxville are pretty much frozen back to their roots.
Was this caused by the lateness of the freeze?...or was it caused by the "low-ness" of the temperature?
After a very warm February...with some plants showing signs of spring growth...we had a cold snap which got down to around 20 degrees.
From what I understand, most of crepe myrtles can handle this kind of low temp. So my theory is that it was the timing of the freeze that shook them to the ground.
I see some huge crepe myrtles that appear to be starting to put on fresh growth, but only from the base of their trunk.