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Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Dynamite Crape Myrtle

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Spectacular red blooms for 120 days! These crape myrtles transform your landscape with their color... and they're easy to grow, too!

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Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Bright Red Blooms last up to 4 months

Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

4-5 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $119.95
Sale: $59.98
6 at $56.98 each
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Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

3-4 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $93.95
Sale: $46.98
6 at $44.63 each
Qty:  
Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

2-3 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $59.95
Sale: $29.98
6 at $28.48 each
Qty:  
Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

1-2 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $29.95
Sale: $14.98
6 at $14.23 each
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Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Crape Myrtle Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
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Planting Mix for Crape Myrtle Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Dynamite Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.


Soil Contents
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TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.


When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
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Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.


DIEHARD Transplant
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* Developed to produce the brightest red blooms in existence 
* Pest and disease resistant 
* Highly drought tolerant 

Spectacular blooms last from spring until fall! 

One of the hardiest Crape Myrtles available. Resists mildew, disease and insects. 

Some of the brightest red blooms of any tree... typically lasting a full 120 days… from spring to fall. 

Crape Myrtles are excellent specimen trees, as well as natural privacy barriers. Many customers choose to line their driveways with this stunning tree. 

Others use them as attractive focal points at the corners of their foundation plantings. Also an exceptional choice to plant in groupings at the corners of your property. 

One of our customer favorites… blooms start light red the first year and then get deeper each year. 

For years, Landscape Architects begged for a plant that blooms red in the summer, (in nature, red is a color rarely seen in the heat of summer). The experts agree that nothing compliments the deep summer green of your landscape better than red… and the Dynamite Crape Myrtle is a perfect choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 20-25 ft.
Mature Width: 10-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
(blue area above)

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It's Easy to Plant your Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Specific Directions for Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Plant your Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree in an area that receives full to partial sunlight. Although Crape Myrtle trees prefer full sunlight, they can tolerate shade. Place your Dynamite Crape Myrtle Trees about 5 feet apart for a privacy screen.

Dynamite Crape Myrtle Trees will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Don't over water your tree. Allow your soil to dry to the touch down about one inch in between waterings. Crape Myrtles are very drought tolerant and rainfall usually provides enough moisture.

Early every Spring Fertilize your Dynamite Crape Myrtle tree with a fertilizer that's high in phosphorous like formula 10-10-10. This will give your Crape Myrtle's bright red blooms a boost! They'll emerge in the Summer and last long into the Fall!


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dynamite Crape Myrtle.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Dynamite Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Dynamite Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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When can we expect small buds to appear on bush ? it is June 7 and nothing appears yet .
Jim E on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: We planted 14 this past winter from Fast Growing Trees around our church property and they are in full bloom now June 27th. Very impressed and a lot of complements from church members on how well they look.
Reply (1) · Report · joey s on Jun 27, 2014
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Will the tree grow in Ohio?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: Ohio is a little too cold for this tree. I would recommend a cold hardier flowering tree like the Cleveland Pear, Red Rocket Crape Myrtle, or Jane Magnolia.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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What can I use to more blooms?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: I bought (3) and they all are doing great.....gave two as gifts....One friend added bone meal to his soil and his bloomed more than mine......that might help you......but the 2nd summer the blooms are darker.....soooo love it......:))))
Reply · Report · Betty B on Sep 7, 2014
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How do the roots grow straight down? Can I line my driveway with them and roots won't crack driveway?
Cheryl on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: With any & all Crapes, The roots do grow down and not Out! But You still have to deep water to make sure that the roots are getting enough water while they are just starting out! I live in Burbank, Calif and We have lots of Crape Myrtle trees thought out the city. Some are planted close together ~ 10 feet apart ~~ and some are planted a little further apart ~ in the Park Way! Due to the root system growing straight DOWN, I have not seen any damage to the side walks nor to the street. I have 7 crape trees in my front yard, a couple are planted near my main sewer line and a couple are planted close to my house! Why!! Because due to the roots going down, they well not destroy my house nor interferer with the plumbing! Can You line your Driveway? Yes!! go for it, by all means!! Just remember the Umbrella of the tree when matured and plan accordingly. I have one { Dynamite } that is planted about 5 feet from the drive due to the Umbrella is about 10 feet when matured! All my trees are planted so that when they Mature, They will overlap each other giving me a nice forest effort! I fell in LOVE with the Crape Myrtles when A friend sent me pictures of Her's! Mine are starting to flower and will be flowers up til Autumn! Also, I have one more to be planted into my front! This will help give me a bit more privacy from the street view. Good luck and all I can say is! Go for It! and enjoy!
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My plant has grown well about ten feet high, but no blooms. What's the problem?
Bradley J on Jul 5, 2014
Best Answer: You might need to add some kind of food to the tree roots! Ask the person {s} at your local nursery. Also, try to top the tree. This sometimes help!
Reply · Report · SARAH P on Jul 7, 2014
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Is this a slow growing tree?
Voboril L on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: I purchased 2 of these in 2012 & they seem to be growing pretty quickly. This past harsh winter killed one of the two unfortunately. The other is looking good.
Reply · Report · VALERIE J on Jun 5, 2014
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What time of year us best to plant this tree ?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
Best Answer: I believe it depends on what area of the country you live in. Do your research. Most times you can't even get them until they are available. I have two of them and both were not available till June or July in my area they are hard to find and usually more expensive than any of the other varieties. I planted mine as soon as I got them.
Reply · Report · David R on Jun 5, 2014
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my zone is 6A. will the dynamite make it here?
A shopper on Oct 3, 2014
Best Answer: Zone 6 can be a bit cold for the Dynamite Crape Myrtle. I would suggest trying the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle which is very similar, but more cold hardy and suitable for your zone. http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/RedRocket.htm
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Oct 13, 2014
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how often do you prune them to keep them from growing to fast/big ?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: Normally you can prune the blooms off after they fade to get a second set. Or prune a little bit in the early spring before they start growing. You don't want to prune too much or that's considered "crape murder" let the tree grow to it's Normal height of 20 feet. If that is too big purchase a dwarf variety. I always check the mature height of a tree before I plant so I don't need to remove in the future. I prune the leaves off of the bottom to have a pretty tree like look. I let the top bush out, gives it a much cleaner look than letting it grow like a bush. I don't normally trim the top part though
Reply · Report · Ashley W on Sep 16, 2014
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Does the Dynamite Crepe Myrtle loose its' leaves in the southernmost of its' range? zone #10
and if so---for how long is it bare?
Joyce d on Aug 22, 2014
Best Answer: No it does not loose anything down here in Florida. It is growing very fast. It will be beautiful when it is full grown.
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How quickly does this grow?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: We had an earlier than normal winter and I think that affected the growth. We planted ours at the back of our property to give us some privacy. The ground is lower there. This past winter was very cold, windy & wet. They are a beautiful deep red. They have been slow too grow though.
Reply · Report · Angela K on Aug 15, 2014
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when and where should pruning happen?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2014
Best Answer: I trim mine in Spring and Fall, want a tree trim all but one trunk, for shrub cut to the size you want. Have one about 1/2 mile from me that is abut 35 ft tall and house has not been lived in for 20 years
Reply · Report · Frank F on Sep 26, 2014
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what happens to blooms on the tree that do not bloom? can they be planted?
marie b on Sep 14, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Marie, Any blooms that don't bloom will wither and eventually fall off. The spent flowers will turn into seed pods, which could be planted.
Reply · Report · Dermot MStaff on Sep 15, 2014
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I live in hopkinsville, Ky which is over the border from Clarksville, TN . The map covers where Clarksville would be, could I get this plant for my KY home?
shary on Sep 9, 2014
Best Answer: It looks like your town is located in growing zone 6B according to the USDA website. Your winter might be a little too cold for this tree. This tree grows best in zones 7, 8, and 9. I live in zone 7 and we had a very cold winter this past year but the tree survived and is doing fine. So if you plant it, you are taking the chance that it might not survive.
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I live in Tn. when do I trim them?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: My father, an arborist, used to tell people the best time to trim trees/bushes was when the saw was sharp. On a more serious note, I trim flowering trees/bushes after they bloom and the blossoms have fallen off. Mike E. VA
Reply · Report · MICHAEL E on Aug 17, 2014
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does this tree attract bees?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2014
Best Answer: Not that we have observed. We have fur of these trees and have nt been bothered by bees.
Reply · Report · Charles B on Aug 16, 2014
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has anyone tried to grow these in zone 6?
Larry L on Aug 11, 2014
Best Answer: We currently have two dynamites in full bloom and they are beautiful. The blooms are large and the foliage is a deep, lovely green. We have a total of 14 crepe myrtles on our property, some of which are older trees and they never fail to bloom. The dynamite seems to get the most attention because of the deep red color. Our neighbors love these trees. You can't go wrong with them.
Reply · Report · gleanous c on Aug 11, 2014
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I live in central FL, when would be the best time to prune bush or tree? How should I prune the crepe myrtles?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
Best Answer: Typically most people trim the after they shed all of their leaves in the fall.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Oct 8, 2014
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It's now July and no blooms on healthy second year tree. Bought it specifically for summer color in my yard. Have used miracle grow on the tree. When does it bloom?
Richard H on Jul 8, 2014
Best Answer: Don't know where you live, but my Dynamite just now started to bloom here in north central OK. Mine is 3 years old. I am not a plant expert, but others here in town started blooming about 2 weeks ago, so it seems right for our area. Hope this helps.
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What is the maximum grown height of the dynamite crepe myrtle?
Linda G on Sep 29, 2014
Best Answer: The Dynamite Crape Myrtle typically maxes out at about a height of 20-30ft tall.
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where did the dynamite c.myrtle originate?
A shopper on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: The Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree or Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II' originated in China and North Korea. These trees were first brought to Charleston South Carolina and introduced to the US in 1790.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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Would the Dynamite (or any other) crape myrtle survive, do well and bloom on the island of Martha's Vineyard? The temperatures are much more temperate than on the mainland.
A shopper on Jul 10, 2014
Best Answer: You are located in a zone 7 so the Dynamite Crape Myrtle would be good for your zone.
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do you have a 4 to 5ft. dynamite red tree crepe myrtle tree?
A shopper on Jul 4, 2014
Best Answer: We do often carry that size, but it's currently on back order until further notice.
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Can the Dynamite Crepe Myrtle be planted in SE Wisconsin? I'm not sure what zone we are in.
Jane V on Jun 27, 2014
Best Answer: Wisconsin gets a little too cold for the Dynamite Crape Myrtle. I would recommend the Tulip Poplar for your area instead. South East Wisconsin is in zone 4 or 5 depending on where your city is located.

http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ZoneMap.htm
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Will this tree grow well in northeast iowa?
Amy S on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: Iowa gets a little too cold for the Dynamite Crape Myrtle. I would suggest looking into other cold hardier flowering trees like the Jane Magnolia or Eastern Redbud.
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Love the look of the dynamite crepe myrtle. We live in Fullerton, CA, zone 10. I know that the rec. zones are 7-9. Will this tree do okay in a small courtyard with full sun in our house? Will the root structure uplift pavers?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.