Thursday, July 2, 2009

Peeling Bark

I have two crape myrtles, one at each of the west corners of my house. One is really good sized, and the other is rather diminutive. The smaller always blooms a good month ahead of the larger but both are just gorgeous in full bloom.

I was taking a walk through my yard, as I do now some days to take note of growth and conditions of the various things growing in it, when I noticed something about my larger crape myrtle. What do you make of this?

I have never noticed this in the three years we've lived here, but it's entirely possible I just never paid any attention to it in the past. Do any of you know - is this peeling bark normal for a crape myrtle? Or, is this the sign of a sick tree?


  1. I know I've seen it a lot on cm, but now whether that's a sign of illness I don't know. (and yes I'm sure a 30 second net search would produce an answer, but I'll pass on that right now) I can't recall ever associating it with a cm that sure enough, died soon. So we can see what you find out, but I suspect it's either normal, typical or at least not life threatening.

  2. @Mom - yes, I did a quick search and found that mature crape myrtle trees do exfoliate their bark. As long as the tree is otherwise healthy and blooming, it is perfectly normal. :)

  3. I'm not help as I don't know anything about crape myrtle but I see you've already done a search. Hope your tree has a lot of blooms this year. :)

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