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Old 06-06-2018, 08:22 PM   #1
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Do any of you have crape myrtles in your yards? Do you use them as a big shade type tree or just an accent tree? I have a spot in semi middle of my backyard. Wondering how it might look? Hold up in strong winds?
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:33 PM   #2
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Not much to them in terms of shade, have two medium sized in my front yard, mostly accent and border use


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Old 06-06-2018, 08:34 PM   #3
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I have seven total. Three black diamond pure white down the side of my driveway. Two first editions midnight magic in my flower beds near windows. And two in the backyard as accent trees. Great trees very heat tolerant and low maintenance. I trim them back in the winter.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:36 PM   #4
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I got a few. Provides shade for me.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:43 PM   #5
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Depends on the variety you have. I have two on either side of my house that are 30 ft. tall with about a 25 ft. crown (nice small shade).Four others, approx 10 ft. accent, and two dwarf at 5 ft.
Check with a reputable landscape company or nursery to see what they offer or can order for you.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:43 PM   #6
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The two I have near windows provide excellent shade
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:45 PM   #7
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Hurricane Harvey took out good mesquite tree. Gotta replace the spot. Spot gets a lot of wind on windy days. Dont know if we want garden spot type set up with decent size crape myrtle, or bigger tree like oak or another mesquite. Right now nothing there, except blazing sunshine.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:51 PM   #8
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:58 PM   #9
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Got a big one in our front yard. We never sit out there so shade not really anything for us. Itís really pretty for about a month. Our is weighted down with blooms right now, Limbs almost touching the ground. I would think you have better options.


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Old 06-06-2018, 09:05 PM   #10
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Really not shade to "sit" under. More for shade for the yard area. Have a 9 year old oak on other side of the yard. Planting another 10ft tall starter tree out there gonna take years before its any type of decent size shade giver. Unless we dish our 500+ for a bigger tree. What yall think?
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:17 PM   #11
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Oaks for sit under shade or yard shade would be they way I would lean towards.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:28 PM   #12
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Do any of you have crape myrtles in your yards? Do you use them as a big shade type tree or just an accent tree? I have a spot in semi middle of my backyard. Wondering how it might look? Hold up in strong winds?
They are tough and hard to kill. If you let them get tall and trim them appropriately, they are a great tree.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:30 PM   #13
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Me too. But 15 footer was 300.00. Ouch. Gotta do some shopping around. Haha
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:32 PM   #14
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Me too. But 15 footer was 300.00. Ouch. Gotta do some shopping around. Haha
Buy a smaller one (~$100) and water the crap out of it plus some fertilizer. It'll that tall next year

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Old 06-06-2018, 09:34 PM   #15
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Water and fertilize a nice live oak. The wait will be worth it
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:36 PM   #16
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Buy a smaller one (>$100) and water the crap out of it plus some fertilizer. It'll that tall next year
I gave $39.00 a piece for mine on sale at Home Depot four years ago. They were about 5í. Now they are pushing 10-15í.
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:51 PM   #17
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I planted a crype myrtle and a peach tree the same year, and believe it or not, the peach tree provides a bigger canopy of shade. My dogs love hang out under it. Biggest mistake people make with myrtles is cutting the tops off in the winter "crape murder".
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:59 PM   #18
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Id like to put another oak, or even another mesquite, or m maybe a cedar elm, but 200-300 bucks for a big one is gonna be tough.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:03 PM   #19
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If you need shade in a hurry and have soft ground, hard to beat a Mexican sycamore. I wish I could plant one, but that don't do well in the rocks. http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/Di...ee.aspx?tid=66
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:07 PM   #20
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I planted a crype myrtle and a peach tree the same year, and believe it or not, the peach tree provides a bigger canopy of shade. My dogs love hang out under it. Biggest mistake people make with myrtles is cutting the tops off in the winter "crape murder".
It is called crepe murder. But they need to be trimmed back. If you do it the proper way they will continue to grow and thrive. My landscaper showed me how to trim.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:09 PM   #21
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It is called crepe murder. But they need to be trimmed back. If you do it the proper way they will continue to grow and thrive. My landscaper showed me how to trim.
Good to know, the landscapers around here take a sawzall and cut straight across where the branches split. Hard to watch.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:14 PM   #22
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I’ve seen some that look absolutely terrible. I trim mine back about ten inches above the main branches.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:15 PM   #23
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Iíve seen some that look absolutely terrible. I trim mine back about ten inches above the main branches.
Does that keep them from getting leggy and grow more of a canopy?
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:19 PM   #24
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I have one that has the whole front of the house covered up! It was a spindly half dead looking thing 10 years ago. Now you can't see the house.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:19 PM   #25
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Our south texas soil in corpus Christi is freakin grey clay. Hard to even get off shovel.
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Old 06-06-2018, 10:30 PM   #26
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I've got 6 in my back yard that provide a ton of shade, mind you they are 35-40 ft tall.
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Old 06-06-2018, 11:04 PM   #27
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I would consider a Burr Oak. They grow well in Clay, Alkaline soil and after they are established, can take drought fairly well. Cedar Elm is not a bad choice either. I would also consider a Winged Elm; they dont grow very tall, but do grow wide and provide a good shade to sit beneath.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:58 AM   #28
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We have two big ones on the entrance way to our house. Lots of shade!
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:26 AM   #29
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Hurricane Harvey took out good mesquite tree.
Good mesquite tree in your yard? The only good mesquite tree is located underneath a good slab of meat.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:57 AM   #30
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Does that keep them from getting leggy and grow more of a canopy?

I believe so.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:21 AM   #31
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RUN! little tree with very little shade and LOTS of mess when flowers fall
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:32 AM   #32
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Being a nursery professional I can tell you that the proper variety will give you great shade. Natchez and Muskogee are tall growing varieties that will reach 30' fett and have a 15-20 head. There are thousand of varieties that grow from 18" tall to 30'. Pick the one that fits the spot you have to work with and don't hack it down to nubs every year (crape murder).
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:32 AM   #33
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RUN! little tree with very little shade and LOTS of mess when flowers fall
This. I have a pool. I killed and removed all the Crepe Myrtles in my back yard. Provided no shade, just a butt load of flowers clogging the pool filters. Believe it or not these things are hard to kill.
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Being a nursery professional I can tell you that the proper variety will give you great shade. Natchez and Muskogee are tall growing varieties that will reach 30' fett and have a 15-20 head. There are thousand of varieties that grow from 18" tall to 30'. Pick the one that fits the spot you have to work with and don't hack it down to nubs every year (crape murder).
This!
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:06 AM   #35
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Being a nursery professional I can tell you that the proper variety will give you great shade. Natchez and Muskogee are tall growing varieties that will reach 30' fett and have a 15-20 head. There are thousand of varieties that grow from 18" tall to 30'. Pick the one that fits the spot you have to work with and don't hack it down to nubs every year (crape murder).
Ditto!
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:42 AM   #36
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Being a nursery professional I can tell you that the proper variety will give you great shade. Natchez and Muskogee are tall growing varieties that will reach 30' fett and have a 15-20 head. There are thousand of varieties that grow from 18" tall to 30'. Pick the one that fits the spot you have to work with and don't hack it down to nubs every year (crape murder).
I've got new "sprouts" popping up in places in my beds I don't want them. What's the best way to get rid of these? Can't pull them out by hand and I don't think I want to use Roundup, so just prune them back at the soil?
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Good mesquite tree in your yard? The only good mesquite tree is located underneath a good slab of meat.
Funny you say that. We've got three that got pretty broke up during the ice storm but I just trimmed them up & left them standing because they provide shade to my pool and outdoor kitchen area when the sun is low in the west.
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I've got new "sprouts" popping up in places in my beds I don't want them. What's the best way to get rid of these? Can't pull them out by hand and I don't think I want to use Roundup, so just prune them back at the soil?
This won't work. The stuff is hard to kill. I drilled holes in one, about halfway through the base on all three trunks. Then filled it with pure roundup concentrate. Did that every day for a couple of days. The thing died. I waited a year just because I like to make sure. Cut the entire tree down at the soil level and planted the tree I really wanted right next to it. I'll be danged if I didn't walk over there the other day and see sprouts coming up from the tree stump.
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