Crape Myrtle Murder!

Real Estate Agent with Results Realty

It is that time of year again when Crape Murder happens. There's NO REASON to trim the crape myrtle trees back to the knuckle. We quit pruning ours years ago and our trees are prettier than all the crape myrtles that have been pruned. I made this video a couple of years ago. At this time of year I always see the poor pruned trees. It is time to stop the Crape Murder!!

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Comments (10)

Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Marchel, thanks for this tip. I don't have any crape myrtles but I hope to soon. I will remember this.

Feb 20, 2013 10:55 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I totally agree. We never do this. This is not to say that we do not shape ours up some, but that is CRAZY!

Feb 20, 2013 11:50 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Neil Sperry talks about this in Dallas on his gardening show. You are right.

Feb 20, 2013 11:59 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Hi Marchel, How nice to see you again blogging. You have been missed. How are things in Spring Texas? So glad you stopped by. We have many Crape Myrtle's here around Balboa Park and they never seem to have been cut back.
Feb 20, 2013 12:19 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Marchel so good to see you.   I do hope your video will inspire others to stop the Crape murder.

Feb 20, 2013 01:27 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Marchel, No crepe myrtles in our corner of Ohio, always enjoyed their blooms when we lived in the South.

Feb 20, 2013 07:22 PM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


It makes me sad to see a beautiful tree hacked back to 3" or 4" calipers, and it is certainly that time of year.

A local office park landscape assassin cut about 40 crape myrtles lining the entrance back to 18" off the ground a couple of years ago, and killed them all.  The dead stumps remain and look like WWI tank traps.

Forget gun control.  We need chain saw control!

Feb 20, 2013 08:39 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Marchel,  I so agree!  Some people are trim happy.  I hate to see a man with pruning shears in his hands! :)

Feb 20, 2013 09:56 PM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Hi all, Thanks for coming by.  I don't come over here too often but it is so nice to see friendly faces.  I wish the crape murder would stop but it is alive and well in my area.  I am still driving by these poor scalped trees.

Apr 01, 2013 12:15 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Well I could not find the video.... but I could barely watch it anyway... I feel the same way you do about them being cut back to the knuckle. I have six that are aligned along the eastern side of my driveway. They are about 30' tall and are a nice shade for my cars. I will never cut them back.

Jul 25, 2014 02:57 AM