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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


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.

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List: $59.95
Sale: $40.17
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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.

  3. Crape Myrtle Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $13.37
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:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and 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
Sale: $9.35
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Fertilizer Tablets
Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.

Fertilizer Tablets
Sale: $4.66

* 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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Why Buy from Fast Growing Trees?

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Dynamite Crape Myrtle can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
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$99+ 28%

It's Easy to Plant your Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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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Most useful customer reviews:
By: Maria in Springfield, MO
The red crape myrtle that we received really doubled in size this last summer. It was just beautiful with an explosion of blooms that lasted a long, long time. We are so pleased with our purchase! Just gorgeous... Thank you so much.

By: Pete in Harlan, KY
I purchased 5 of these red crepe myrtles to line my driveway. I was skeptical about their performance in my area, not too many people grow Dynamites here. I am overwhelmed by the number of people who ask me about them.... they are gorgeous. They have grown nearly 3 feet this year and are full of beautiful red blooms. I am ready to purchase a few more ,different color maybe, for other areas of my yard. Thanks!

By: Curt in Huntington Beach, CA
Placed these trees in parkway in front of my home. They are beautiful bright and very colorful, even in my salty clay soil. They havent bloomed yet, maybe next year.

By: Mercedes in Lehigh Acres, FL
Wow! What a fast growing tree!! I planted my Dynamite Crepe Myrtle about two months ago and it is already blooming with beautiful red flowers. I cannot believe it! I am so excited about this. This is the first tree Ive planted. I was very surprised to see how greatly packaged it was. It looked fresh and healthy. I was not expecting to see flowers till next year. I plan to buy some more and plant them alongside the driveway. You have a customer for life!

By: Scott in Florissant, FL
One of the Dynamites I bought started growing from the moment it was planted and bloomed in beautiful fashion this year. One plant remained almost dormant but late this summer woke up, bloomed and looked quite healthy but is only about 60% of the size of the other. Sometimes patience is a must. Im sure that both trees will wind up as spectacular additions to my landscape.

By: Rick in Maryland
I purchased 4 dynamite crape myrtles 2 years ago from your site. All of my neighbors are envious of the beautiful bright red blooms I get. The trees are doing great with no disease or bug damage. I am now coming back for more.

By: Reviewed Anonymously
My Dynamite Crepe Myrtle is doing well. The color is certainly true to it its name. It has grown to about 3 1/2 ft in one year. I really enjoy it and cant wait for it to grow bigger to enjoy more blooms this next summer. I am using it to block view form neighbors upstairs window.

By: Barbara in Palmyra, PA
I purchased two Dynamite Crepe Myrtles, one from Fast Growing Trees Nursery, another from a local nursery. It is interesting to note, the one I purchased from you remained disease free, its leaves turned a beautiful red in the Spring and stayed red until they began dropping at end of October in preparation for winter. It bloomed until mid-October. The one I purchased locally, at a very reputable nursery, developed a leaf fungus, and was resistant to treatment. Its leaves turned yellow with brown edges and slowly began dropping midsummer. I am very disappointed with this one. I am very happy with the Dynamite Crepe Myrtle from you and sorry I did not purchase the second one from Fast Growing Trees Nursery. I will be watching for other plants, for sure.

By: Jill in Hurricane, UT
I love it! I wanted a tree for my front landscape that would add color and height, but wouldnt be a problem with my cement driveway. This was the perfect solution. I liked it so well I got another one for the other side of the yard this fall. It is a vibrant red and also has interesting bark and trunk.

By: Stan in Overland Park, KS
We got our myrtle a while ago and it has never really grown. Sure, it had red flowers, but it never grew. But this year early spring it has grown about two feet in a month and still a few more inches. Now its blooming like crazy! Its great though. They are beautiful, my favorite trees! So much better than everybody elses.

By: Casper in Houston, TX
As a neophyte gardner ,Im working to overcome the "black thumb" label,, these crepe myrtles were remarkably easy to plant and have easy great to care for.

By: Cynthia in Paradise, CA
We were extremely pleased at the performance of our crape myrtles.  We purchased the 6ft ones and they were beautiful this summer.  This is the first year we had the 6ft ones so were hoping they will grow stronger and endure the winters we have here in New England.

By: Perry in Carona, CA
This was my first purchase, I was so pleased to see how well the plant was packaged. I could not find this color anywhere, so I took a chance and bought on line. It has grown in to a beautiful specimen plant. Thanks, look forward to purchasing from you again.

By: Iris in Roseburg, OR
This year they all 3 bloomed with the most beautiful bright red blooms. I had many compliments on them! Thank you!

By: Donald in Richmond, VA
I purchased my dynamite crape myrtles in November and had to keep them in the garage over the winter. I was afraid they would not bloom once spring came but they did great. They took a little longer than expected but when they began to bloom, they never stopped. I would recommend them to anyone.

By: Bryan
I bought these crapes a year and a half ago and i would say they have grown maybe 6 inches max. Dont let the 3 and a half comments fool you, they just dont grow that fast, I hoped they would be 5 feet tall by now. They are only a foot and a half still.

By: Barbara in Palmyra, PA
I am more than satisfied. My dynamite crape myrtle trees are growing and bloomed this past summer. I am getting ready to cut them back even though they are 5 ft tall, at least. I am using them near my property line for a bit of color; the red is a rich, happy color. I hope to purchase 6 more in the spring!

By: Carole in Marietta, PA
We decided to plant a Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree after seeing how beautiful they look on the South Carolina highways. I was a little hesitant to buy a tree at all, but after searching the web and finding your web site, I decided to purchase a Dynamite Crape Myrtle tree. So far it is really doing well. It is growing fast and I am very excited. Thanks for sending such a healthy tree. We are very happy with our purchase and will definitely buy from your nursery again.

By: Sam
The tree was shipped to my Nephew as a sympathy on the death of his Father. The tree bloomed beautiful this year & has caught up to the other ones in size.

By: ggr1816 in St. Louis, MO
These trees arrived in great shape. I wasted no time in getting them in the ground in their new homes. They are growing and blooming and extremely healthy and happy. Thanks again FGT. I have ordered many trees and plants from you, from knock-out roses to autumn blaze maples to crepe myrtles. You have delivered like a champ every time. Ill be back.

By: Steve in Ada, OK
I purchased and planted 6 dynamite crape myrtle earlier this year. I selected the crape myrtles due to their excellent color and their ability to thrive in the hot Oklahoma summers. I placed them on either side of the driveway, two at beginning, two at the end and two in the middle. They look great from the road and improve the curb appeal of my home.

By: Suni Thomas
Tree arived in excellent condition, good pkging. Is doing well during drought in Ozarks and blooming in late July. Beautiful deep red. Just as advertised.

By: Pat in St. Petersburg, FL
We got the dynamite crape myrtles and planted them right away. I also pruned them to the shape I wanted. They sprouted leaves almost immediately and I got flowers the following year. They smell wonderful and are the easiest trees to take care of. When Im ready to purchase more trees, I will buy from Fast Growing Trees Nursery again in a heart beat.

By: Monica in Long Island, NY
The Crape Myrtle trees are perfect for any weather, and they dont require any maintenance. They are very tolerant of drought, and needless to say, they are absolutely gorgeous in the blooming season. I have several kinds, and I love them all.

By: Liz in New York
We love our red crepe myrtles. the flowers and foliage were better than we imagined.

By: Lynette L. Hoffman
My dynamite crepe myrtle is really pretty it has started flowering already. However it is disappointing that it has not grown very fast! I need to know what I can feed it for growth and nutrition to help it? Lynette

By: Vince in Las Vegas, NV
My Crape Myrtle is doing very well. I was skeptical that it would survive here in Las Vegas. However, it bloomed and grew some 10 inches this year. I expect it will do better next growing season after it has passed the transplant shock. Thank you for your service. Mac in Las Vegas.

By: robert
The Dynamite Crape Myrtle is the greatest tree I have ever purchased for the price and for it's growth rate. I purchased 40 of them to line my driveway and they are absolutely magnificent. I am very happy with them I recommend them to anybody that wants that beautiful red color added to their landscape.

By: Michael Parente
We purchased our Crape Myrtle in August 2011. Our baby Myrtle's first big test was Hurricane Irene the winds which made us wonder if it would last through the night. It did thank goodness. Fast forward through a mild winter and now spring and the leaves bloomed nicely. We're hoping it grows 2-3 feet this year. We have the tree for less than a year but can't wait to see it grow.

By: Francisco
happy with my tree...hoping it will look just like the one in the picture

By: Bill ODonnell
I purchased one plant the first year we bought our new home and because they were so striking, I purchased three more the next year. Bright red color, easy color and does well in the summer heat of our area of California.

By: Erica
My tree is still small (first season), but it's fierce. The foliage alone is beautiful, but I finally got some blossoms and they're just as red as I'd hoped. (Despite the description, I was afraid they would be pink.) I'm delighted.

By: LadySally
I brought 2 of these beauties in the fall of 2012~ They were slow growing their first season BUT NOW! WOW!!I guess they had to get: Acquainted ~~ get their feet set in the EARTH for now they are making up for lost time and its not even Spring !!

By: Rami Al Naser
love the color and there is no problem with my tree except that it didn't grow more than 6inch's in the past year and a half.

By: Michele
I first saw the Dynamite when I visited Dallas a few years ago. I live in Florida and had never seen this particular Crape Myrtle here and knew I had to have one! It is performing very well. Very fast growing and lots of beautiful bright red blooms. I would definitely recommend!

By: Marie
I bought 3 of these last year. 2 are doing well, look healthy and have had some blooms. I am sure that they will look great once they get a good start next yr. I grew up in Houston, TX - we had diff colored crape myrtles everywhere... they are wonderful and beautful to have around and can really make your landscape stand out. I just today bout 5 more for our new shop in Joplin, MO. These will look great with our Big Red Roof and white walls, perfect for the landscaping!!

By: Doug Rowley
I was pleased with the rapid response to my order and the fast shipping (all the way to El Paso, TX). Trees arrived in good condition for fall planting,and when spring arrived, all four were great. However, one of the trees was not the "dynamite" I ordered. All four did well during a hot dry summer, but I hope to see better growth next year.

By: Sarah Price
I received 2 Dynamite Crapes during the Indian Summer heat wave we were having! Put in a large pot for a couple of weeks till the heat wave broke! During this time the trees has started to grow! Then I planted in the front yard and They just kept on growing, no lost of leaves and one tree is blooming and has more pods to break soon into beautiful flowers. Never seen anything like It! Young flowering trees having flowers as these are having! Can not wait for my Pink Velour and my HedgeTrees to come next week. Thank you Fast-Growing Trees.

By: Gerald Reyes
This tree is embarrassing to have in my front yard. It has not grown at all since I planted it in 2008. It blooms beautifully and I haven't trimmed it (it's only 3 feet high) besides a few tiny branches at the bottom. I called about it last year and all they told me was to feed it and water it. I do! I have 2 crape myrtles in my backyard from Lowe's that I just planted last year. They started small but are growing well. I wish we could have resolved this issue when I called.

By: Manuel
My one year old crape myrtle tree is now 6 feet tall. The leaves are sweaty. What causes this and what can I spray on them to stop this wetness? HELP

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How to obtain seeds?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2014
Best Answer: I was excited to have vibrant colors. Unfortunately every tree that I purchased did not live. I hired professionals to plant everything, but still no success. There are white crepe myrtles on this property that have been here for year's and they look great. I noticed baby trees in the flowerbeds- so I believe the seeds fall from the buds.
Reply · nancy a on Jul 1, 2014
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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) · joey s on Jun 27, 2014
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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 · 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 · 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 · David R on Jun 5, 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.
Reply · Marie B on Jul 8, 2014
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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 · Allison BStaff on Jul 14, 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: February Top for shrubs, bottom for trees.
Reply · David E on Jul 11, 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: You can.
Reply · David E on Jul 11, 2014
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What can I use to more blooms?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2014
Best Answer: Waiting for mine to grow. It had a tough year 2013 and I hope this is the year it decides to take off.
Reply · Michele B on Jul 6, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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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.

Reply · Allison BStaff on Jul 7, 2014
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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.
Reply · Allison BStaff 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 · Allison BStaff on Jun 25, 2014
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