I have three aged crape myrtles that I have been growing out in these home-made planters made from salvaged woods pallets. Never mind the prickly pear pads on the first one, they grow like weeds.
The first one came to me looking like this:
And now looks like this since I want a little more height on the tree. I have a lead branch visible at the top, which is what I’m hoping to grow thicker and produce height and taper:
The second and third crape myrtles in the planters used to be joined and I found it at a nursery in Lakeway. The nurseryman told me it was collected from someones property and so explains the reason for its accumulated age:
Unfortunately this last summer was the summer of bugs and aphids and the bare spots that can be seen on the trunks were caused by Flathead Borers.