Crepe myrtle question

janet_w(TX 8)March 9, 2009

Crepe myrtle question I donÂt know what itÂs called I call it (moss) growing on my crepe myrtle. Will that harm the plant? If yes how do you get rid of the moss stuff?

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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

If it is actually green moss growing on the trunk, it is not harmful to your trees, and it is not only a crape myrtle issue. Moss will grow on the north side of many trees in shade and moist conditions, which is not ideal conditions for crape myrtle.
If you are talking about a white powdery substance on the leaves, that is powdery mildew, which won't kill the tree, but will look bad and ruin the flowers. You can search powdery mildew for options for control of that.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 5:29PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Also ball moss will grow on dead branches in my part of the country. It won't harm the tree either. If you want you can just prune out the dead limbs that are hosting it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ball moss. Scroll down a bit for a picture ....

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 6:24PM
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janet_w(TX 8)

Thank you both very much.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2009 at 10:10PM
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