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Crepe Myrtle Leaves Turning Brown

I planted a crepe myrtle about 2 yrs ago. It is in full sun and has been doing well. Lately I have noticed the leaves are turning brown from the tips inward. I have looked for insects, but found none. What else could be causing this?


Jim from St. George, Utah

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October 17, 20080 found this helpful

Sometimes this happens simply because of change of season and I wouldn't worry if it's just a few of the leaves but my first thought is to check the soil for moisture. The soil may simply need a little extra water and possibly a tad bit of fertilizer.

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Our crepe myrtles were planted about 10 years ago. 8 huge plants were healthy until last year. One plant's leaves started turning yellow/brown, a trunk at a time, until the whole plant turned yellow/brown. I assumed the plant was dead and chopped it down.


The other 7 plants looked great.

Until this year, now another plant is turning yellow/brown. So far, it's just affecting 2 of the 12 little trunks coming up from the ground. The other plants, and all the other trunks on this plant, look healthy. We have never watered these plants. What is the problem?

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July 8, 20170 found this helpful

You say you never water them ? Im guessing they need water.

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

I have a new crape myrtle and the leaves are turning brown at the tips.

By CLM from north west Houston, TX


September 6, 20110 found this helpful

They need water.

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