How do you prune a crape myrtle Tuscarora?
Prune ‘Tuscarora’ only to remove dead, broken or densely twigged, small branches that impede canopy air circulation. A gradual program of lower limb removal is appropriate for containing its size. Do light pruning in spring to promote new, flower-producing growth.
How tall does a Tuscarora crape myrtle get?
|Mature Height:||15-20 ft.|
|Mature Width:||10-20 ft.|
|Botanical Name:||Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’|
How do you shape a crape myrtle?
Cut off suckers from the bottom, rubbing and cross growing branches and branches growing inward. Gradually cut off all side branches from the main base as the tree gets taller. Never leave lone or clustered stubs. Be sure to remove unwanted branches before they get too thick (thickness of a pencil).
How fast does a Tuscarora crape myrtle grow?
2.5 Feet Per Year
|Average Growth Rate||2.5 Feet Per Year|
|Mature Size||25 Tall x 20 Wide|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Decidious or Evergreen||Deciduous|
|Acorns||No it doesn’t have acorns|
When is the best time to prune a crape myrtle?
Properly pruning you crape myrtle will maximize blooms, promote new growth and give your plant a great shape. Pruning is done in winter when the plant is dormant, between the months of December and February. Each plant is different. Below we have provided some example of a properly pruned crape myrtle.
When to take care of a Tuscarora crape myrtle?
Flowering begins in midsummer and continues for 10 weeks, peaking in August when the summer heat has already taken its toll on many other ornamentals. Anything less than full sun diminishes ‘Tuscarora’s’ performance. To enjoy maximum bloom and highlight its fall foliage and winter bark, give it at least six hours of daily sun.
Do you leave suckers on a crape myrtle?
“Suckers” refers to the new growth that comes from the base of the trunk. Most people prune these off. However, if you want your Crape Myrtle to have a more “natural” look or would like it to have multiple trunks, leave some of the suckers to grow. Blooms will appear on new growth suckers.
What happens when a crape myrtle is in full bloom?
However, when the tree is in full bloom those long branches can’t support the weight of heavy flowers. Then a rain comes along and the branches weep to the ground and often break off. Not good. But it doesn’t have to be that way.