Simple question about pruning crepe myrtles that doesn't exist online

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  1. garden_newbie

    garden_newbie Seedling

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    Hello, this is not a crepe myrtle but a Purpleleaf Sandcherry tree which as you know are a lot alike. I searched for every single video online and all of them show how to prune a fully grown mature mytle. None of them show or really explain how to prune a young one. So do I remove all of the stems and leaves on the bottom and leave only the ones on the top so that it has the long bare branches and a puffy top? Here are two pics of my purpleleaf

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    I really don't know where to start. I am guessing I have to remove the stems that are growing straight up from the larger curved one?
     
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    Hi there and welcome ! I think it depends a lot on what you want it to look like !
     
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    That looks like a very young plant. Have you considered just leaving it to grow for a year, and deciding how to prune later? I have found that early pruning often leads to more spindly growth and not the desired shape.
     
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    I actually did that at my last house with this same plant. It got really huge and I hired a guy to prune it and he chopped it all up but then the year after it formed perfectly. If looks small in the pic but it's about six feet tall.
     
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    Maybe this link will help @garden_newbie

    I think this needs to be pruned back at the right time of year, and it may be a bit too late to do it now. I would do it in early springtime before the birds start to nest. Here, I have left my prunus varieties to do their own thing, and they all seem to manage ok without pruning, but of course it is the growers preference that counts.
     
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    As an afterthought, I think your tree won't get very much taller if left alone, as I believe this particular Prunus only grows to about 8 feet.
     
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    If this was planted recently,, I would not prune at all ! Leave it til the second year at least ! That gives the roots time to get established and start growing well ! Then just think about what you want it to look like and prune accordingly ! Juust make sure when you prune that yo keep the cuts close to the main plant and at an angle so to not allow water to stand on the cuts !
     
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    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

    I have always used this quote. For me. There is no correct way/method. Basically it comes down to the above quote. For instance. Some gardeners totally object to the idea of cutting bits off a plant. So what now? Check out the known details of your plant. Browse what others have recorded. Now study YOUR plant. Ask yourself. Just what do I want to see when I look at this plant. Remember. Most of our plants are mutants of the originals. One very important factor is. Especially for trees and shrubs, prune so as to maintane a clear centre. Congested centers harbour problems.
     
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    I think that the same thing could well apply to people too @MIKE ALLEN . ''Congested centres harbour problems'' :nerdy:
     

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