Crepe Myrtle Are Not Regrowing Where They Were Pruned

Question From: W. Page - New Brockton, Alabama, United States
Q: I have two fairly large Crepe Myrtle trees. I have pruned them for several years. This year I pruned them back. I cut the large limbs coming out of the trunk (top). They have not come back this year so far. The tree is producing new shoots from the base of the tree and some around the trunk area. Should I continue to wait or is there a cause for concern? Normally when I prune the trees, new shoots start coming out on the top. The limbs I cut are just kinda gray or black, looking dead. But the tree itself is shedding its bark and blooming in the other areas I mentioned.

A: I have no experience with crepe myrtles as they are not hardy here in Michigan. I would get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist. To find one on your area go to and enter your zipcode. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy