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Crape Myrtle

Posted by pansylady 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 3, 05 at 8:49

Any brave Northerners with Crape Myrtles? O.k.- I lost my mind here on Long Island, New York and planted two. Now I need to know how to winter them over. Stakes and burlap?


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RE: Crape Myrtle

It depends on the variety some are more winter hardy than others.

RE: Crape Myrtle

I've heard some of the crepe myrtle's are fine for our area. Maybe you will not have to wrap them. Do a google and type in "crape myrtles hardy to what zone" or something like that, and you should pull up some useful info on websites.

They are pretty, aren't they.


RE: Crape Myrtle

  • Posted by Cady 6b/Sunset34 MA (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 3, 05 at 16:13

I've read that some crape myrtles will overwinter in zone 6b. We're supposed to treat it like butterfly bush - let it die back to the ground in a cold winter, then cut back the dead wood in the spring and let new growth come up. For mild winters, just let it sit unpruned and re-leaf in springtime.

RE: Crape Myrtle

  • Posted by lee1 z7 Long Island (My Page) on
    Wed, Feb 22, 06 at 23:00

The 'Siox' Variety is hardy here in the northeast to I believe zone 6. I've had mine here on Long Island for three years now without a problem. It's beautiful and it gives a lot of enjoyment with its fragrant blooms in late summer.

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