Crepe Murder 2013 — Stumped Again!

March 21, 2013 | By | Comments (3)
Crepe murder

Who needs ugly branches anyway? Photo by Michele Tankersley.

Grumpy isn’t sure whether this is a photo of a crepe myrtle or a hitching post. But you can tie up your horse to it anyway, because it is winner #7 in Crepe Murder 2013!

This latest submission comes from Michele Tankersley of Lawrence, Tennessee. Grumpy admires her spunk and sneakiness. See, rather than record crepe murder in her home town where she might be recognized by an indignant neighbor, she took this photo at the Regency Square Mall in Florence, Alabama, then high-tailed it back to safety across the state line.

Florence Is Thrilled!
Michele needn’t have worried. Florence is so thrilled by its recognition as Alabama’s Crepe Murder Capital that it’s awarding her the chainsaw to the city! Not only that, but Michele will be riding in the lead car in this year’s “We Love Florence” parade, accompanied by the famous person for whom the city is named — Flo, the Progressive Insurance girl. Now that’s progressive!


Florence, AL loves Flo! Photo by Progressive.

For her outstanding sneakiness, Michele will receive a dwarf ‘Early Bird’ crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. The Regency Square Mall should plant 100.

Next Winner This Sunday!
Check by here this Sunday morning to view our next winner as we count down the worst of the best in Crepe Murder 2013.


  1. Steve Bender


    Recovery will take a couple of years. Lots of shoots will sprout the the cut end of each stub. Allow 1-2 that are growing up and out to remain on each stub. Prune off all others. These will become the new trunks.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:12 am
  2. Patti Miller

    Once crepe murder has happened how do you correct the problem? My yard maintenance crew butchered my trees while I was at work.

    May 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm
  3. Lisa

    My neighbors have a crepe myrtle that has never been cut, it is BEAUTIFUL! Don’t know why people ever starting chopping on Crepe Myrtle, but wish they would stop. It makes them look terrible…

    March 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

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