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Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red

Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red

Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red

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Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red

Black Diamonds are Forever Amazing

Size:  3 Gallon

Ships Mon, Dec 29th
List: $ 89.90
Sale: $ 85.41
6 at $ 81.14 each
Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red
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
$ 19.90
Sale: $ 18.91
Planting Mix for Crape Myrtle Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red 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
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 13.28
Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

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.

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 11.31

Give your garden or landscape the brilliance it deserves with the bold beauty only the Black Diamond Red Crape Myrtle can deliver.

The vivid color display will add an awesome elegance that will tantalize the eye. Rich, crimson red blooms surrounded by dark almost pewter colored leaves offer stately appeal to any planting location you choose. Considered by many enthusiasts to be the most awesome combination of flowers and leaves, enjoy the show of soothing color from late spring all the way through the fall.

Hardiest Substance Known to Landscapes

Aside from its magnificent looks, the Black Diamond Red Crape Myrtle is a hardy plant that needs little in the way of maintenance. Drought tolerant, mildew resistant and highly productive during the flowering season, this stunning variety is as tough and opulent as its name suggests. Hardy in zones 6-9, they can be enjoyed in the colder climates of zones 2-5 as well. Just place your Black Diamond Reds in planters and bring them indoors during harsh winter months. Pruning just once a year will encourage healthy growth for the coming season.

Create the Design of your Dreams

The convenient size of the Black Diamond Red Crape Myrtle offers versatility to satisfy many of your landscape or garden design ideas. Whether strategically placed in containers on your patio, or planted to create a warm and inviting entry along your driveway, the Black Diamond is a popular choice among landscape experts and home gardeners alike. Reaching a maximum height of 12 feet, they can be planted in almost any scenario. Just be sure your layout includes at least eight hours of full sun daily and expect your Crape Myrtle to burst with fabulous blooms each year.

Fill your garden with the ruby red blooms that only this precious gem can deliver. Order your Black Diamond Red Crape Myrtle today.






Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 4-5 ft.
Sunlight: Full
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red.

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 Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red 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 Black Diamond™ Crape Myrtle - Best Red 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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Absolutely love this plant
We bought one this spring. The plant was not real large but very nice. It hasn't grown a lot but was absolutely beautiful with lots of cherry red blooms
I love it so much I have just ordered three more!!!!!!!!
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September 29, 2014
From Richland, WA, US
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only have had a few months
So far I LIKE IT VERY WELL.Our growing season is over, so my comments would be better after spring 2015,
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November 24, 2014
3 months ago
Red Black Diamond Crape Myrtle
I was very pleased on how fast and great condition my order was received. I had a hole already for my RED Black Diamond. I also purchased the plant mix for this tree. I was so excited for my Tree and had it in the ground within 30 minutes from delivery. The only disappointment I have is that 2days later it had bright pink flowers on it. " I HATE PINK ". Very disappointed in the color.
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August 24, 2014
3 months ago
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where do we plant this tree if we live in Missouri north south east or west?
mary m on Jul 28, 2014
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What color is the bark on a mature Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2014
Best Answer: The Bark on a Mature Black Diamond Crape Myrtle can range from gray to a dark tan or reddish color.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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Is this one of the Whitney hybrids?
The National Arboretum hybrids have too much pink in them for me.
Christine on Jul 2, 2014
Best Answer: Our Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are not Whitney Hybrids, they're the Lagerstroemia indica variety.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 10, 2014
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will black diamond tolerate water runoff on bottom of a slope?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2014
Best Answer: If your Crape Myrtle doesn't sit in standing water or get over watered it should be fine. They're drought tolerant and often do much better without their soil getting over saturated.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 18, 2014
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is this a good time to plant black daimond crepe myyrtle in zone 6 western ohio?
jim k on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above it's fine to go ahead and plant now. However the best times to plant this tree are in the early Spring or early Fall.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 14, 2014
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I have this red tree and leave in ohio.
do I cover it in the winter.Let me know.thank you?
annita on Oct 22, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know from the question whether you have the black diamond crepe myrtle or not. I bought two of them from Fast Growing Trees and have them in big buckets on my patio in Nashville, TN. They are supposed to be winter hardy in our zone, but I plan to wheel them into my garage for the winter. Crepe myrtles planted in the ground in TN do fine getting through the winter. Ive had nine white ones that have made it through at least 12 winters and bloom every year.
Reply · Report · Peter R on Oct 22, 2014
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Can this be pruned to keep it under control?
Jodi F on Jun 7, 2014
Best Answer: This is a new Crepe. It's considered a half-dwarf. Hence the 10-12 foot tall & its smallish spread. I bought one today & did some research of them. All info I found indicated they grow 10-12 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The older Crepes could be pruned in many ways. I have a neighbor who, in early, early spring, cuts his at a height he prefers leaving only the trunks. It quickly grows back and fills out nicely with no ill affects. I would suggest waiting through 2 growing cycles before you consider pruning them. This gives them a great start and allows you to better know what & where to prune for your specific preferences.
Reply · Report · P. J on Jun 16, 2014
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I was considering planting this tree against my house. Are the roots invasive?
Faye S on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: sorry can't tell you yes or no, I just planted mine last fall so it;s still small, but I wouldn't plant anything next to a foundation of a house, I have seen small shrubs do damage, give the plant space, otherwise good luck and it's a pretty plant different then all other myrtles
Reply · Report · alena bengtson a on Aug 23, 2014
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What if I cannot provide 8 full hours of sunshine. (NY, zone 9)
Less flowers? ?
Jen P on Sep 16, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, with less sunlight you will receive less blooms on Crape Myrtles.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 17, 2014
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how often and when should I fertilize?

Thanks Keith
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: I have had the best results when I fertilize in the spring just before the the leaves appear. This seems to work well for all my crepe myrtles. Some garden centers sell a fertilizer specifically for crepe myrtles that works really well.
Reply · Report · Jerry T on Jul 13, 2014
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How fast do they grow? We live North of New Orleans, LA (Covington, LA)
Sharon N on Jul 29, 2014
Best Answer: Mine hasn't grown at all the first year, but this was after a hard winter in Kansas.
Reply · Report · Dwyane H on Aug 23, 2014
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when do I prune my trees ?
dalton on Sep 26, 2014
Best Answer: I thought that myrtles are not pruned, for if you do the grow into bush like instead of a tree, they develop new shoots from the base and get bush like instead of tree like good luck
I'm waiting for mine to bloom next year
Reply (1) · Report · alena bengtson a on Sep 27, 2014
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Does a guarantee come along with your trees?
Richard L on Sep 19, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. If you report a problem within 5 days of plant delivery, we will note the concern in your account and we will offer a 100% in store credit on the purchase price of the dead plant should it perish within 45 days of initial delivery.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 19, 2014
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I live in Texas Panhandle, zone 6. It is the beginning of Fall. can I plant now?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2014
Best Answer: If your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it's a good time to plant.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 25, 2014
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Is the 45 days guarantee free? When I went to the check-out it shows a charge for your guarantee?
Richard L on Sep 19, 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, 4, 5, or 6. 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.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
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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.