Question by  Mikki (10)

What are the different disease's common to crape myrtles?

My crape myrtle is peeling and its bark is turning black.


Answer by  Jimbob (2275)

You may have a type of bark fungus which is not always know to strike these types of trees but can. Tree bark fungus often appear black and are very fond of attacking a tree in a very moist place. If you have your myrtle in a place that is wet I would attempt to drain it.


Answer by  srainne (2597)

This is completely normal for the crepe myrtle to start peeling once it has reached maturity. This usually happens a few years after it is first planted. Is it possible that this is your situation?


Answer by  mb (5482)

Like most trees the Crape Myrtles can be subject to a number of different diseases. The most common is wood worms, these eat the living bark of the tree (outer layers) and destroy the trees circulatory system, killing it. Other common diseases are fungal infections, dry rot, termites and gypsy moths.


Answer by  Jane42 (201)

Crepe myrtle is subject to disease from fungus and pests such as aphids. Sooty mold is a fungal problem caused by insect droppings.


Answer by  StarOne (941)

Your tree probably has sooty mold. This is a black fungus that appears on several types of trees including the crape myrtles. It actually doesn't feed on the tree itself but on the secretions of insects. Treat for the type of insects you have and the soot should go away.

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