Crepe Myrtle

We have a small multi-trunk crepe myrtle tree in our back yard. It is around 6 foot tall and was planted about 3 years ago. We are in the Texas panhandle in zone 6 and it has survived well over the past couple of winters and each year put on a very good display of flowers. This year however, although the top growth appears very healthy and it is covered with flower buds I am a little concerned as the bark is pealing from the trunks to reveal green wood underneath. Two of the trunks are now conpletely without bark and the third is only about 20% covered. Is this a normal occurrence of does it indicate that the tree is in trouble? We would appreciate any advice or information. Thanks in advance
Sarah and Shawn
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The exfoliating bark is part of their charm.

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welsh dragon wrote:

Completely normal and considered desirable. Adds winter color and interest. Some varieties have more colorful inner bark than others.
http://www.sfws.auburn.edu/samuelson/dendrology/lythraceae_pg/crape_myrtle.htm
Mike Prager Beaufort, NC (on the coast in zone 8a) (Remove spam traps from email address to reply.)
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