Crepe Myrtle Leaves Get Brown Edges And Curl Up

Question From: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Q: I live in Southern Calif. I have two CM bushes/ trees. Last year they did not do well- the leaves were brown around the edges, few blooms. I was told by the nursery that they needed more water, gypsum. This year I pruned them in January, leaves came out very sparse. Again leaves brown edges curled up. Nursery told me too much H20. Now leaves are still very sparse, on tree has a few blooms the other zero. I see CM blooming in yards all around me. Very frustrated! Any Ideas?

A: I can't give you even an educated guess. Here in Michigan we can't grow Crepe Myrtles. If you have a big investment I would get an onsite inspection from a certified arborist.Go to and enter your zip code. Best Nancy