Don't cut crepe myrtles


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:47 a.m.
This time of year, many professional landscapers, along with amateur bush-whackers and tree-butchers around Gainesville, seem to feel a the urge to clip, chop or cut away at crepe myrtle trees.
Left alone, these trees (or large shrubs) have one or more healthy trunks and grow to heights of 15 to 20 feet, producing beautiful flowers all summer, and providing shade wherever they're planted.
Whacked back to stumps, crepe myrtles produce fewer flowers, give little or no shade, and sometimes fail to survive. This fashion we can do without. Why should people (including the city) spend money trimming these trees? Let them grow and the flowers blossom!
Richard Hiers, Gainesville

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