Crape Myrtle Tree

Our crape myrtle was planted in the early spring. The leaves are turning yellow and red. There are spots on both sides of the leaves (rust in color). The leaves are falling. What can we do? Karen Olson Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Submitted by karen.olson

The most common leaf spot diseases of crepe myrtle are powdery mildew, which would form a white coating on the leaves, and cercospora leaf spot, which would show up as black spots on the leaves. It sounds as though neither of these of these problems is affecting your tree. I suspect, instead that you may be seeing stress from the transplanting. Newly planted trees need extra watering and attention for the first year or two, until the root system gets established. The stress can show up as premature leaf loss.

Answered by DSchrock

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