Murder is a strong word and truth be known it’s not really what happens (unfortunately) when a crape myrtle, a Southern signature tree is topped, but it has become a familiar vernacular amongst plant people. If crape myrtles did in fact die when they were butchered, then the practice would stop. Topping is otherwise known as buzz-cutting, rounding-over, flat-topping, etc. It is the indiscriminant and random cutting of branches and the trunk.
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