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Baby crepe myrtle or weed?

Posted by mattp321 7a (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 22:54

Haven't mowed the lawn in a few weeks since it's been so hot. These things are sprouting up in one area of the yard. I've seen them in the past but always just mowed them down with the grass.

This time I dug down to have a look and they are shooting up from roots underground. Roots are about 1" in diameter and about 8" below ground. There used to be a old red or pink crepe myrtle in the area, which I had to cut down (stump was removed too) about 4 years ago to re-grade the yard.

These things are only coming up in this area of the yard.

If they are baby crepe myrtles, attached underground, is there any chance to cut them from the old roots and transplant them elsewhere? Anyone have any ideas about that?

Or, are these just some strange looking weeds I should roundup/mow?

Picture shows how it looks above ground, and also the view dug out connected to a root. (in this case, the end of a root)

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RE: Baby crepe myrtle or weed?

Definitely looks like crepe myrtle to me. I'm constantly cutting these down at the base of mine. I don't know about transplanting, though.

RE: Baby crepe myrtle or weed?

Those are suckers growing from a large root that belongs to a big crepe myrtle growing somewhere or from one that was cut down in a spot near there and the roots weren't removed,

RE: Baby crepe myrtle or weed?

you might expiriment with digging up as large of a peice of root as you can and transplanting it.

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