Here is a great example of what is commonly called around these parts "Crepe Myrtle Murder".
This is at a building near my office.
I took this photo a month or so ago when they first "pruned" them. This is how many people handle the pruning of a these trees. I waited a few weeks and then I took the next one. They do this because when they grow back...
...they look like this. It's also called "topping" and the purpose is to create this look. Sure it's nice and symmetrical in a way, but come on, it's certainly not a natural look. It creates permanent scars and damage to the tree itself, often shortening the life of a tree. Crepes are often described as one of the most beautiful flowering and branching trees. They are like lilacs with a weeping, branching aspect to them. This eliminates that natural look.
We scored these two last Fall for free. Always the best kind of deal, ha. We've babied them on the porch through the Winter and now they are doing great. It's about time for me to find a home for them. I'm still leaning toward the bee yard.
Anyway, love crepe myrtles!
Don't murder them!