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The technique that is used to murder Crape Myrtles is called pollardizing. It is too popular where I live (Texas Gulf Coast near Houston). Every spring I see the poor things cut down as though they were a hedge. The theory is that you get more flowers that way. In front of a nearby library, the Crapes are not pollardized and have a beautiful shape and the bark is therefore visible in the winter when they are bare of leaves.
Please keep up the good work to eliminate pollardizing.
Thanks. Right around the corner from me is a wealthy mans house and the street is lined with crepes. They are all pollardized (thanks for the word). I thought they were pretty until I came to daves and learned better. Dave actually has a soft spot for them and corrected my spelling from crape to crepe.
And yes, in the winter, those spindly knobbed tops look pitiful.