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Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

Posted by cactus6103 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 30, 10 at 10:31

I have three 12 tall crape myrtle trees that have been in my yard six years and produced many flowers every year in a deep raspberry color. This spring, many of the trunks have split open and killed that portion of the tree. The splits are about 1/8" wide and 4" to 6" long. What would cause this? Other parts of the same tree did not split and are producing leaves beautifully with no problem. Whats going on?

Red


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RE: Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

I forgot to mention that I am located just north of Charlotte Nc. Thanks for any help.

Red


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RE: Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

Could be freeze damage. Did you experience an extra hard winter as so many of us did?

I would like to see some pictures, though.


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RE: Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

The weight of ice or snow probably is the culprit.

marie


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RE: Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

It couldn't take the wife any more.


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RE: Why did my crape myrtle trunk split?

I have a crape myrtle in my side yard that has done the same thing on one branch, although it still has great foliage. We had no ice or snow to speak of, so I'm up in the air as to the cause. I'd like to know, however, what I could do to repair the split and prevent further damage.

Anna


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