After removing the bark, you can sand the wood to a softly glowing finish. Working with Branches The toughness of Crepe Myrtle wood makes the branches appropriate to use for canes. With approximately 50 species, this tree is cultivated in warmer climates, and is indigenous to Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and northern parts of Australia. Jan 15, 2017 - Explore Kristin Cohn's board "myrtle" on Pinterest. Since these specimens don't balk at being confined to tight areas, municipalities in the South often use them for street plantings. As a reminder, crape murder is the extreme pruning of crapemyrtles that results in weakened and deformed trees. I was going to plant some new boxwoods and perennials in the bed, and put down new mulch & decorative rock. Note: There are a several common names for Lagerstroemia species (e.g., crapemyrtle, crape myrtle, crepe myrtle) and these sometimes carry over to the scale insect’s common name, such as crape myrtle bark scale. The insects’ digestive systems do not process all of the mat­er­ial they eat. I was just about to remodel my front flower bed when I discovered the white bark disease bugs on my crepe myrtle tree. Introduction To Crepe Myrtle. When you find bark coming off a crepe myrtle, you might think it is diseased and be tempted to treat it with a pesticide or antifungal treatment. This ruins the natural form and encourages the growth of spindly, whiplike branches that are too weak to hold up the flowers. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ssp.) Crepe myrtle has many landscape uses. Replies (1) 0 0. They’re known for their long-lasting flowers especially in summers. Wow, is that stuff dense. Bookmark the permalink. Often times, the first sign of CMBS is the black sooty mold on the tree bark. Paste of the flowers is applied externally to cuts and wounds. Adult females produce a white, felt-like sac around their bodies and lay approximately 100 to 300 pink eggs inside this sac. For much of the year, crepemyrtle tree bark is smooth to the touch and dusty gray or light brown colored. Lagerstroemia 'Acoma' - crepe myrtle DESCRIPTION: Crisp white flowers bloom during summer on this deciduous upright growing shrub, perfect for feature planting. The common crepe myrtle is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 to 9, while the Japanese crape myrtle is more cold-hardy, growing in zone 6 as well. Replies (1) Options Top. The leaves on a Crepe Myrtle turning black. Crepe myrtle tree identification by bark. What organic spray can I use to rid the plant of this fungus. Working in a good oil, like walnut oil, will darken the wood and give you a beautiful cane or walking stick. Due to its unique bark including scenic fall colours, Crepe Myrtle trees are commonly grown in the Gardens as well as for commercial purposes. Trees - (mature height over 20 feet) Biloxi - This cultivar grows to be an upright, vase-shaped tree with a crown that is more open than other cultivars. Since then, it spread rapidly. Aphids and azalea bark scale feed on the sugars produced by Crepe Myrtles. The tree sits at the end of my 20 foot long flower bed. A lot of people plant crepe myrtle trees and then start worrying as soon as they find that the bark is shedding from a crepe myrtle tree in their yard. Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale (let’s call it CMBS) is a small insect that appears as a white or gray felt-like encrustation. Crepe myrtle bark scale insects make their home on the plant's exfoliating white bark, where they conceal themselves beneath protective wax. is a deciduous shrub or tree that ranges in height from 3-foot dwarves to towering trees of 50 feet. When pruning a crepe myrtle, don't chop your large crepe myrtles down to ugly stubs each spring just because your neighbors do. Agent Marcus Garner with the Madison County Extension Office said … The best way to remove sooty mold is with a soft brush and some dish detergent, just scrub it off. re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood? As it feeds, it excretes a sugary solution known as "honeydew" (similar to aphids, whiteflies, and other sucking insects). It’s even more serious than the unsightly and oft mentioned crape murder. Crepe myrtle scale arrived here a few years ago as an accidental import from Asia. I found some at the dump big enough to be worth grabbing. USES: Ideal for feature planting, hedge planting, smaller gardens, and large containers. In winter, the top layer of bark peels away, exposing cream or pinkish-orange wood underneath. Crepe Myrtle Bark Shedding – A Perfectly Normal Process. When this plant matures, its smooth, grey-green bark peels away to reveal patches of warm, cinnamon colored new bark for a great visual effect. I think crepe myrtle would probably be fine; it's pretty dense wood. after roughly rounding the ends screw on metal hose clamps and as the wood dries it should not split. Green Algae Growing on the Trunks of Crepe Myrtles. Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale is caused by an insect that researchers are working to learn more about. The scales also reproduce on the shrubs, with each female laying dozens of pink eggs. Is crepe myrtle wood good for smoking meat? How to care for crepe myrtle. This entry was posted in News, Pests of landscapes and tagged bark scale, crape myrtle, crapemyrtle, DIY, do-it-yourself, pest control, scale insects, video. You see these as small, ornamental trees. Crape myrtle bark scale, Eriococcus lagerstroemiae, belongs to a special group of scale insects known as felt scales. This article covers the topic of controlling Crepe Myrtle (also spelled Crepemyrtle, Crapemyrtle or Crape Myrtle) bark scale. Working with Branches The toughness of Crepe Myrtle wood makes the branches appropriate to use for canes. CMBS might be found anywhere on crepe myrtles bark, and often appears near pruning sites and branch crotches of more mature wood. Vigorous growing variety with smooth grey bark. Branches and trunks can become covered in the white scale infestation. Reply. Root is astringent, detoxicant and diuretic. Posted by Tchefuncte Tiger on 10/24/12 at 5:32 pm to LSUFan3434. Makes one heckuva ding/ring sound when you slap two … into your garden is a one-step effort with exceptional rewards. Introducing crepe myrtle trees or shrubs (Lagerstroemeria spp.) The scale is a sucking insect that feeds on the phloem (sap) of plants. During the 18th century, it became popular in the South for its vivid flowers and captivating colored bark. Answer from Pat: Without seeing your crape myrtle (Lagestroemia indica) or a photo of the bark I cannot tell if there is anything wrong with it. Crepe myrtle trees, including Natchez crepe myrtles, make fine specimen plants. Convinced you have a crepe myrtle, or looking to add one to your yard? Big being 3-5 inches diameter, lol. These bark scales may not kill the plants, but there may likely be a reduction in plant vigor, number of flowers, and flower cluster size. Crepe Myrtle Bark Diseases from Scale. Resistant to powdery mildew. There is a new, serious threat to one of our favorite trees. Decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of colds. See more ideas about myrtle, myrtle tree, crepe myrtle. The leaves are opposite and simple, with entire margins, and vary from 2–8 in. It’s easy to spot. Read these essentials crepe myrtle care tips. Any way back to the wood, Crepe Myrtle is a very slow growing shrub, if you have a piece 5" in diameter, count the rings, it will be about 150 years old. What kind of soil would you use to put in ground for the crepes? Traditional uses and benefits of Crepe myrtle. Published January 28, 2010 By CHRIS BREWER. Bark, flowers and leaves are considered to be hydrogogue and a drastic purgative. When you cut the wood strip the bark off immediately, then paint the ends with pvc glue. Tchefuncte Tiger LSU Fan Bat'n Rudge Member since Oct 2004 44800 posts. After removing the bark, you can sand the wood to a softly glowing finish. Crepe myrtle, also spelled crape myrtle, is a showy, hardy, flowering tree popular for landscaping in warm climates. Native to China and Korea, crepe myrtle was introduced to America in 1747. Crape Myrtle Bark Scale is actually a scaled insect and because of their tiny size, CMBS may not be noticed right away on a tree and the population would have to get pretty big to be able to notice large clusters of the scale on parts of tree branches. The crapemyrtle bark scale, Acanthococcus (= Eriococcus ) lagerstromiae (Kuwana), was first confirmed in the USA in 2004 in the landscape near Dallas (TX), although it was likely introduced earlier. Cure it good though since it holds a lot of water. The brilliant fall color of these trees along with the attractive bark and pretty flowers make it the perfect tree for your garden. Used in groups, they can form decorative border plantings or privacy hedges. Grayish-white patches on the bark near pruning wounds or in branch crotches hide colonies of the insects. However, we hold to crapemyrtle bark scale because it is the recognized common name approved by the Entomological Society of America. Stem bark is febrifuge, stimulant and styptic. They are small to medium multiple-trunked deciduous trees and shrubs that like full sun. The female’s body shrinks as eggs are produced. Black Residue on Crape Myrtle Trees. Been meaning to ask... anyone every burned crepe myrtle? The Crape Myrtle (Lythraceae), also known as Crepe Myrtle, have strong, well defined, fluted stems and branches with a spotty or smeared appearance that arises from having bark that sheds throughout the year. Crapemyrtle bark scale (CMBS) use of crapemyrtles in landscapes across a large part of the U.S. To date there has been no research to evaluate whether there is a range in suscepti­ bility to this insect across the hundreds of crapemyrtle cultivars; however, ancecdotal observations from McKinney, Texas, suggest the scale may be worse on hybrids (fauriei × indica). Among these two types of crape myrtles, there are many varieties that offer different sizes and bloom colors. When there are severe infestations, you will see them practically cover large chunks of the tree. Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia) is one of the best flowering trees in the world. My crepe myrtle was purchased with a gray scaly bark = it looks like fungus. Seems it would be good firewood. Post navigation ← Living with squash vine borer. I have already removed the old mulch and liner from the bed, I also cut down some old bushes. Eggs hatch into tiny pink crawlers, and the older nymphs are pink, gray, or brown. Why Are My Crepe Myrtle Stems and Leaves Turning Black? Working in a good oil, like walnut oil, will darken the wood and give you a beautiful cane or walking stick. Crepe Myrtle is a shrub or a tree which is known for its ornamental qualities. 'Biloxi' is a hybrid featuring pale pink flowers and outstanding dark-brown bark. Back to top. If your crepe myrtle is affected by white scale, it may develop black sooty mold (In fact, the sooty, black substance may be the first sign of white scale on crepe … Helpful Resources. I got this two or three years ago, been drying since, still uber dense and heavy. The surprising fall armyworm → Comments are closed. CRAPE MYRTLE VARIETIES AND DESCRIPTIONS. Take some Crepe Myrtle and burn it. 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