Crepe Myrtle shedding bark question??

utdeedee(7A-East Tennessee)July 26, 2007

I have 3 Crepe Myrtles and one of them is shedding it's bark. They are 6 yrs. old. The other two seem fine. Does anyone know if this is normal in our East TN area or should I be worried?

Thanks. Dee

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amazindirt(7A mid-TN)

Well....mature crepe myrtles are *supposed* to have peeling bark, so it depends on what you mean by "shedding". If it's simply making mottled patches on the trunks, that's normal.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 4:35PM
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utdeedee(7A-East Tennessee)

I removed a large area of bark at the base of the tree that had come off. I am assuming it is normal.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 9:09AM
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amazindirt(7A mid-TN)

As long as it's growing and blooming normally, don't worry about it. It's probably just maturing and beginning its normal peeling. But if you see any lesions under the peeled area -- sunken areas, dark color, moisture, etc. -- then you can start to worry.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 11:37AM
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justintn_z7(7)

Crepe Myrtle's = messy, the ones I had shed a ton and then you have seed and flower debris, but the looked too nice to complain!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2007 at 10:31PM
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behaviorkelton(7-ish)

I love the peeling bark of Crepes!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 8:44AM
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utdeedee(7A-East Tennessee)

Thanks all. They are growing, blooming ok. So, I assume it's nothing to worry about. This was the first year for them to this that was my concern.
D.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2007 at 3:09PM
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