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Crepe myrtles and winter damage

In 2010 I wrote, “We should use more crape myrtles in Kentuckiana. They are not just for warm, temperate climes. In fact, there are a great many that go unbothered by an average winter in our parts.”
Well, famous last words, right? I guess the operative words are “average winter.”   
Crepe myrtles are one of the last of the summer blooming shrubs to break dormancy in the spring.  In fact, many fear that their crepe myrtles are dead because they are so slow to leaf out. This year, it just might be the case, however.  

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