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Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

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Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-25 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.


Full Sun


8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

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Bright Red Blooms last up to 4 months

* 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.

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Customer Reviews

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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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
Beautiful Red Blooms
I've planted several crepe myrtles, but this is by far the prettiest blooms. They are bright red in color. I've only had it planted for about a year or less now and the blooms didn't last long this year, however the tree grew so big. I'm sure next season I will have lots of blooms.
July 29, 2014
over 5 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Dynamite Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions 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!

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Will give me satisfaction in the years to come
Ludivina R on Aug 12, 2018
Evelyn w on Aug 8, 2018
Will give me satisfaction in the years to come
Ludivina R on Aug 12, 2018
love the color
Karen B on Aug 8, 2018
Evelyn w on Aug 8, 2018
I picked this tree because of the tremendous Beauty in the color! I absolutely love the Red color.
I am so looking forward to planting it in my front yard! Can't wait!!!
Thank you!
Pamela B on Aug 6, 2018
Like it
Johannes B on Aug 5, 2018
Our neighbor lost a newborn grandson. The baby's mother is in ICU. When I asked my neighbor what I might get for the grieving mother she said a living plant...maybe with red flowers, because she likes red. The grandmother said she would plant it for her. I thought this would be a beautiful tree for her for many years to come. ❤️
cyndi l on Jul 31, 2018
Because it looks beautiful i hope to have it look just like that in my yard.
Rosie A on Jul 30, 2018
Love the color!
Evie R on Jul 29, 2018
I'm looking for a hearty plant that can tolerate all day sun here in Florida and love the color of this Crape Myrtle. Can't wait to get it planted and see what happens.
Kay T on Jul 17, 2018
I really like the color and it say the blooms will last for 120 days.
Fe D on Jul 15, 2018
For the color & it keeps it's leaves a long time
Karla K on Jul 14, 2018
Liked the tree, price and the how to plant!
Roger M on Jul 13, 2018
I love crepe myrtles, especially red, red, red!
Robyn B on Jul 10, 2018
Height, Color, and single trunk
Terry L H on Jul 6, 2018
Color and durability
Scott W on Jun 23, 2018
For the Dynamite Red Bloom ... I like dominating my neighbors with my landscaping ... Majority of my neighbors now have pink crape myrtles ... I want the WOW factor ... and Dynamite says it all.
Pamela K on Jun 22, 2018
beautiful color.
JOE F on Jun 20, 2018
I love crape myrtle
Marilou C on Jun 20, 2018
For it's beautiful color and long lasting summer blooms
Bruce H on Jun 18, 2018
Beautiful neighbors have these trees
Dalea p on Jun 15, 2018
Love the bright red colors to go with the white I already have planted.
STEVEN J on Jun 15, 2018
Color of the flowers
Bertha N on Jun 14, 2018
The Color
Shannon A on Jun 14, 2018
Eye catching and fast growing tree.
Rosemary R on Jun 13, 2018
wanted a colorful tree that would not grow too big
victor v on Jun 7, 2018
because of the color
Carol F on Jun 6, 2018
friend recommended
ioana A on Jun 3, 2018
Perfect tree for my planting site and conditions, plus it looks beautiful
Michael F on Jun 3, 2018
For the color
Marianna B on Jun 2, 2018
Because of its brilliant color I chose this one especially for our waterfall. I think it will truly be an exceptional inclusion to The site. It will be on top of Keeker Hill at our home, in Sequim ,Wa... where we, my wife and I dedicated our waterfall to our kitty cat that passed away after we moved here so we named it Keeker Hill in her honor. Her name was Kee kee.
Charles G on Jun 1, 2018
my daughter in law liked it
Maria C on May 29, 2018
border driveway to ranch house
glen b on May 29, 2018
Color and beauty
Billy Dwain G on May 29, 2018
Very pretty
kim m on May 28, 2018
Because of the red blooms for the butterflies and hummingbirds.
Renee F on May 16, 2018
Color. Healthy plant. Planting products.
Donna S on May 15, 2018
Simply because it comes with a protected root ball and it ships the next day.
Alford S on May 15, 2018
Have had good luck with them in the past.
Beverly J on May 13, 2018
To complement my other plants.
James O on May 12, 2018
I have the opportunity to purchase a well packed and root protected Crepe Myrtle Tree that has a true red colored flower. I like being able to choose the size of the tree that I want to purchase.
Frances T on May 12, 2018
For its beauty.
Laura C on May 11, 2018
The color.
Larry O on May 10, 2018
Nice color
Susan Morris M on May 9, 2018
Bright Color
Mark T on May 7, 2018
Because, I was just looking on the internet and came across your page
Peggy J on May 7, 2018
Looks nice
Rosalinda G on May 6, 2018
Like the color!
Pete L on May 5, 2018
The color is spectacular!
Chandroutie S on May 3, 2018
The only one with the option of paying more for a taller plant.
Natalee B on May 1, 2018
mark h on Apr 29, 2018
love the color
Karen B on Aug 8, 2018
I picked this tree because of the tremendous Beauty in the color! I absolutely love the Red color.
I am so looking forward to planting it in my front yard! Can't wait!!!
Thank you!
Pamela B on Aug 6, 2018
How long does it take to reach its full height in zone 8?
Thomas V on May 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dynamite will grow fairly fast, and take 8-10 years to reach its mature height. It will continue to grow slowly as it ages, but max out at 20-25 feet.
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
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I live in Anaheim, CA, zone 10. I bought a dynamite crepe myrtle in April, 2016 , Now only 4 months it is already reach to 4 feet tall and bloom with full deep red color, So beautiful. My neighbors, my husband really love this tree, because around here a lot of myrtle trees but no way you can see the beautiful red color as my dynamite myrtle
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.
What time of year us best to plant this tree ?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Early fall or early spring is a good time to plant.
How often do you water them?
Somebody on Apr 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I, make sure that the plant is watered: Deep ~~ then I don't water for a few days! I make sure that the soil is will irrigated, this is very important! After the plant is Established then you will not have to water so often! I have found that you do have to go out and talk to your plants plus I always touch each leaf! Don't laugh, these are living things and they do like / love to talked to!
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
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: I'm in zone nine and yes it does lose its leaves late fall or "early southern winter" until our spring.
What is the height of this variety at full maturity? Will this variety grow in northern VA?
Dan G on Oct 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: At maturity the Dynamite Crape Myrtle is 20-30ft tall. In most parts of northern VA the Dynamite Crape Myrtle will grow.
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!
are they deer proof?
Glenn W on Mar 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they are deer resistant. Please keep in mind that if deer get hungry enough then they will eat anything.
Is this a slow growing tree?
Voboril L on Jun 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: They grow about 3ft per year.
I want different colors than red in the crape myrtle?
Laurie on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Each variety has its own color that is part of its genes and won't change except for slight differences from sunlight. There are, however, many colors of Crepe Myrtles you can buy, from pink to lavender to white. Check out our site for other colors and even other sizes of Crepe Myrtles to fit your needs!
What are the down sides of growing crepe myrtles? Pruning? Disease? Messy? Shallow roots? Etc?
S. S on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am 73 and I grew up with Crepe Myrtle Trees all around my grandparents' corner property. I always thought they were beautiful and said when I bought myself a house I would plant Crepe Myrtle Trees. I planted 8 of the Dynamite Crepe Myrtle trees around the street side and front of my corner property. I pruned the older 26 year old tree from the bottom up to keep it in good shape and I spray all my trees once a year when I see yellow leaves starting to appear. This occurs on all Crepe Myrtle Trees so if you see yellow leaves and they are starting to fall don't worry, just go to your feed store or Home Dept store to get a good fungus spray and spray the trees then after a day or so put fertilizer around your tree(s) to get them in good shape again. They are deciduous trees (meaning all the leaves will fall off during the Winter dormant time). They will come back and bloom again starting around March or April each year (I live in Louisiana...New Orleans metrpolitan area). You will love and admire these beautiful trees. By the way, the flowers will fall after they are spent but just blow them into your grass and mow them when you or your lawnman does your lawn cutting.
We live in Evansville IN gets very hot through the Summer but can also pretty cold for a few weeks in the winter. What do you think?
Ken H on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
How fast do crate myrtles grow? How many feet a year?
Michelle S on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I had purchased the smallest crepe myrtles, and they were small and spindly, although healthy. We'd planted them in early fall of 2016 and then had a very cold winter for us. They survived fine, and started putting on growth the following spring. HOWEVER, we did not have automatic water to them at that point and with our forgetful watering schedule (or lack thereof) and and EXTREMELY long, HOT summer in 2017, their growth was very slow. Basically, they were just happy to survive our neglect! However, I did put watering to them in early fall of 2017, and since then they've been thriving. In winter the water is off, but once the weather started warming up, I put it back on for 15 minutes a day, and that's on a drip line with just small little sprinkler heads that you push into the drip line tubing. They were naturally dormant in winter, but once spring came this year they started growing and are now each about 4' tall and blooming like crazy, and we've had another really HOT summer out here in the Sierra foothills in Northern CA! They're GORGEOUS and I can't wait until they get tree size!! (I'm pruning them to keep them a single trunk trees, so have cut off a lot of extra branching they've done.)
Best time to plant?
Kelli L on Jul 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I guess that depends mostly on what area of the country you live in and what is the growing season for that particular climate. I live in the San Francisco CA East Bay region and it is a mild climate with hardly no frost, so just about any time of the year is suitable to plant trees; however the late Fall is probably the best time to plant as the winter is generally the wettest time of the year in this particular climate!
How fast does this tree grow ?
Cindy R on Dec 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Cindy, It grew a few feet the first year. It is very tolerant. My husband is doing construction around the house and we had to move it to make room for an addition to our home. It did very well and doubled in size during the growing season. Just make sure where you plant it has plenty of room because it grows in width as well as high.The color is beautiful.
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.
Looking for a deer resistant tree in zone 6 can you recommend?
Mike M on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse pesky deer will eat anything.
Is the root system a concern for irrigation pipes?
Heatseeker on Aug 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so. Our crepe myrtles are not planted near any underground pipes.
How long can it withstand standing water?
Mark S on Jul 24, 2016
I have bought three of these crepe myrtles and they are all doing fine. As far as standing water is concerned, I do get standing water in my yard when there is a prolonged period of heavy rain (several days), and the trees have not suffered. I understand however that swampy ground is not ideal for them.
I hope that this helps.
I live in Zone 10. I planted the white Crepe Myrtle. It is growing nicely. Will the red crepe myrtle grow in south, Fla, also?
Eileen B on Jul 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: FL is a good state for most Crape myrtles trees. We have 3 Crape myrtles that, are suited for zone 10. The Natchez, Pink Velour, and Muskogee. These are white, pink, and lavender. Most all crapes tend to do very well in FL, if you see red one growing around your area, you should be fine to grow.
do these have to be cut back every year ?
Barbara A on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: we've always cut ours back and they regrow on new wood every spring and flower all summer. but there are 2 schools of thought here some never cut them back and they grow very tall and still continue to flower so I suspect it just depends on how tall you want your tree.
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
If I am in zone 6 would I be able to have a double crape myrtle tree?
Jules on Aug 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Growing Zones for the Dynamite Crape Myrtle and Growing Zones 7 to 9 and they are cold hardy down to 10 degrees F.
I would like to plant this tree in a raised lawn with a retaining wall 4 feet away. When full grown, would the roots push the retaining wall?
Javier J on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Dynamite Crape Myrtle does not have an invasive root system and can be planted near a foundation.
Will this bush grow in Indiana?
Janice C on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The Growing Zones for the Dynamite Crape Myrtles are growing Zones 7 to 9 and they are cold hardy to 10 degrees F. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Does the dynamite crape grow goid in coos bay, oregon?
Rhonda H on Jun 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm in groth zone 6 and crape's are best in zones 7 or greater. Looks like you are in zone 8 so you should be good. Here in zone 6 we had a frak cold spell were it got down to zero degrees for a week this winter and no snow for insulation and mt Dynamite crape died above ground but several sucker came up from the root ball that was still alive under ground. So now it's more of a pretty bush lookin tree. I live in southern indiana in southern most tip on the ohio river.
Can you keep a Crape Myrtle in a pot to plant the following year?
William on Jun 12, 2018
KENNETH R on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.

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