What kind of tree is this?

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What kind of tree is this?

What kind of tree is this and when / how should I prune it? Previous owners of my home just cut the whole tree at each of the little trunks about 6-7' from the ground. It blooms bunches of small white flowers in the summer/spring.





 
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Old 11-23-14, 04:36 PM
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Its some type of Dogwood.
 
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I was thinking that as well, based on the leaf. However, I can't narrow it down any further than that.
 
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Old 11-24-14, 04:51 AM
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Looks to be a river birch with the smooth bark. Not familiar with the berries, though. Dogwoods have a rough bark, red berries and don't bloom until Easter.
 
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Old 11-24-14, 05:57 AM
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It is a crepe myrtle, they grow like they are wild around here. Everyone seems to have them (except me). They are the main decoration planting at all the malls and shopping plazas. In the off season, they prune them down to almost nothing but the trunk, and they come back full and hearty with a beautiful show and lots of color.
 
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Ah, good call, Czizzi! The seeds are the giveaway!
 
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Old 11-24-14, 07:35 AM
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Absolutely a crepe myrtle...or as some people call it...backhoe food. I like 'em myself. That one is a little "leggy" and needs to be cut way back. As soon as the leaves brown, you can prune. Heck, I don't think you could kill it if you pruned when it was blooming.
 
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Thanks guys! How many feet of the ground should I prune it? What kind of tool should I use? I only have a hand saw.
 
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I'd cut at least 3 or 4 of the main trunks using a lopper....problem with CM's is that they will regrow anywhere they are cut...even from root stubs...thats why many don't like them. You'd be cutting back "suckers" for years.

If the shape is ok with you...then prune all the small stems at the top with a hand pruner (Yes, you need to buy one. Fiskars are $10 or so at any store.) You could also use a lopper...depends on your desires.
 
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Old 11-24-14, 03:50 PM
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As Vic said, I prune the ones on my property with a backhoe. I hate 'em.
 
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So I'd need the long heavy duty pruners that requires both hands?
 
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Old 11-24-14, 06:49 PM
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No, you can probably get by with the one hand type. Shears I guess they call them. I have about 4 pair. I really like the Fiskars that have a rolling handle that make them easy to use and increase the leverage.

As Vic said, I prune the ones on my property with a backhoe. I hate 'em.
Thats who I was talking about when I mentioned it....lol.
 
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