Dwarf Crepe myrtle

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Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby Elmer » July 8th, 2018, 4:15 pm

Recently acquired this from a friend, not sure what if anything I should change. 8yrs old.
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby shibui » July 8th, 2018, 6:59 pm

That is a nice little trunk. Plenty of interesting bends and good taper.
A couple of the branches seem to be very straight. I guess someone has let them grow fast, probably in a single year. Bonsai always seem to look better when all the parts are similar so I would be trying to get plenty of bends into the branches so they reflect the trunk. You'll have to have a look and see if you think you could put appropriate bends into them with wire but sometimes it is better to cut them short and grow new branches from the new shoots that will form after pruning. Fortunately crepe myrtle shoots extremely well after pruning.
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby Boics » July 8th, 2018, 7:38 pm

As always Shibui is correct.
Great trunk, time to restart all the branching.
Whilst you could persevere with some of the bits and pieces it's not worth it.
Chop em all back just before bud burst I reckon.
See what pops up in terms buds, pick a trunk line and start the process.
Keep us posted, I see a great future here.
P.s. I've been defoliating my CMs up to 3 times a season.
Helps immensely with ramification.
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby Watto » July 8th, 2018, 8:02 pm

Aah, a tree with great bones.
The advice given is all good and correct, but I just want to see it in a year or three.
Please.
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby robb63 » July 8th, 2018, 8:15 pm

Hi Elmer
Agree with what's been said. However!!!
Mate there's one thing you could definitely change on this CM.
That would be its address. My place is available to accommodate that change :yes:
I have looked long n hard for a CM trunk like that to collect in Sydney without luck yet. That's a beauty.
I would be doing as Boics suggests with branches or at least removing/regrowing long strait bits.
Then I would pop that puppy in the ground a few years if it were mine.
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby melbrackstone » July 8th, 2018, 8:41 pm

I agree with everyone else, that's a beaut trunkline, and will give you plenty to go on with. TBH I prefer the side views to the front and back, but that's just me. Wait til you see some buds, then you should be able to choose some good spots to prune those straight bits away. I waited a couple of years with mine, before I finally saw the light, so I'm having to grow a good deal of it back again, but they are pretty good at reshooting on branches, (not necessarily so much on the trunk, I've found.)

If you want flowers you will need to get all your pruning done by the end of October, (generally,) then if you let it grow it should produce flower buds.

Good get, well done!
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby Elmer » July 9th, 2018, 10:41 am

Shibui, I don't think my wiring skills are up to the challenge especially with such snappy wood. My friend got it two years ago when it had been freshly dug from the ground and he wanted it to gain strength. I took a lot off recently but with your input think I will go harder on the branches. Thanks

Boics, thanks for the tip re defoliation.

Robb63, no chance mate, I have always loved CM and this was a score even to my untrained eye. I really like the current trunk size would ground growing again throw the proportions out?
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby Ryceman3 » July 9th, 2018, 11:42 am

Elmer wrote: I really like the current trunk size would ground growing again throw the proportions out?


Yep. If you’re happy with the trunk girth no need to ground grow from here. I think it looks fine proportionally, time to look at the branching I think. There’s plenty to like in this tree. :yes:
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Re: Dwarf Crepe myrtle

Postby GavinG » July 9th, 2018, 3:11 pm

For me, the lowest left branch is parallel and close to the big branch/trunk thing that is more important. I think it needs to go. Don't be afraid to cut hard - the general rule is, if it's straight/dull/irritating, get rid of it. Sooner the better.

Please keep posting. Down here where it's cooler I can prune back twice before I let it run for flowering - that seems to be a good compromise between good flowers and keeping some kind of form to the tree.

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