A few years back I purchased a pair of white-blooming "Natchez" variety crepe myrtles,
transferred them to large stock pots and set them behind my greenhouse to grow for a
while. A year later I decided to plant them in the ground and found that they had grown
through the bottom of their pots. It required the services of a pruning saw to free them.
Both were successfully planted, but that's not the point of this. Every piece of root that
remained in the ground put up vigorous shoots. I had a virtual forest of crepes. My first
thought was to spray them with Roundup and be done with them. Instead, I decided to
dig and pot the volunteers. I now have half-a-dozen growing tall and a whole lot more
awaiting their turn to be dug up, an inexhaustible supply. What I can't give to friends, I
will probably donate to a garden club to plant in public spaces. "Natchez" will top
out at about 30 feet, so they will make for some attractive medium sized trees.