Should Crape Myrtle be pruned?
Crape Myrtle need pruning during the first 5 to 7 years of being established, but as they reach maturity, they need less pruning. As they reach maturity, look to eliminate cross branching, and branches that distract from their shape. Only prune the tips and clean up the main leaders of the crape myrtle. It is important to know your variety. Some crape mrytles have a vase shape while others like the Nathez has a cascading shape. The Nathez crape myrtle should not be prune when it reaches maturity as this would disrupt the cascading look.