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    Black Diamond® Crape Myrtle - Best Red™ for Sale

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Black Diamond® Crape Myrtle - Best Red™

Lagerstroemia indica

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Growing Zones: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

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

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

4-5 ft.


Full Sun


4-5 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica

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Black Diamonds are Forever Amazing

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.

Although Crape Myrtles are very well suited for hot and humid environments, a long summer can still take its toll on the leaves, especially in a nursery setting. The leaves may be showing some signs of stress, such as discoloration, or possibly even some signs of fungus. Any concern would have been treated before the trees left our nursery, but the discoloration will still show on the leaves. The trees will go dormant soon and the discolored leaves will fall. Once the trees are planted in an open location they will not exhibit these symptoms again in the spring.

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Customer Reviews

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38 Reviews
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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!!!!!!!!
September 29, 2014
Richland, WA
Growing Zone:
Somewhat disappointed!!!
I was extremely excited to order the black diamond crape myrtle, According to my order I was to receive the 3 gallon, to my surprise on arrival (which was pretty quick) the tree was 9 inches and definitely appeared roughly 1 gallon in size. Definitely didn't look like the 3 gallon advertised in the description. The tree arrived in great condition but feel the size was misleading. I ordered 3 gallon hydrangeas from this site that are bigger than the tree????
April 26, 2016
Aberdeen, MD
Growing Zone:
Smaller than expected
Ordered the 3 gallon but received a gallon tree. Very healthy and vigorous so it'll do but didn't meet my expectations.
May 18, 2016
Manassas, VA
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Love it!
I will work very hard to try and keep this beautiful crape myrtle alive through the harsh winter in the Hudson Valley (Zone 6) as the one I bought last spring died. I think I kept it in the pot too long before putting it into the ground and it did not have enough time to grow deep roots. I plan to cover this one with lots of straw and chips and it went into the ground as soon as it arrived.
It has blooms on it now. It is so beautiful.
July 24, 2015
Peekskill, NY
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
The Crape Myrtle I purchased came nicely packed after being pruned for shipping. Even with an extremely hot summer, the tree has shown pretty good growth in its infancy. It has put on a beautiful, vivid set of red flowers. I am quite happy with my purchase.
July 27, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
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.
August 24, 2014
over 3 years ago
Looks Good
Was very stressed the leaves were dogeared and container dry on arrival but water and shade as per instructions perked it up. In the ground now still dropping a few leaves but looks good. Great looking dark leaves a few of the buds opening bright red hoping for the best.
August 17, 2015
over 2 years ago
Beautiful Black Diamond
Last year I planted the Black Diamond Red Crape Myrtle in the front of my house. I have had so many people stop and ask me about my beautiful plant. I now have planted one in the back of my house. It adds contrast to the landscape with its dark leaves and red flowers. It is hardy during the summer and faired well during the winter. Easy to plant, easy to maintain and is a beautiful addition to any landscape.
July 24, 2015
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Very Pleased !!!
I received the Black Diamond with buds all over the tree! I planted it just off my patio so would be enjoyable from my kitchen window. It is blooming after a few days! I am very pleased and looking forward to other flowering trees!
July 31, 2015
Topeka, KS
Growing Zone:
Great experience
The tree arrived in a great condition about 5-7 days after I ordered it. We've had it for about two weeks and it seems to be doing alright. I really enjoyed my shopping experience.
July 2, 2016
slc, UT
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Hardiness, dark leaf and flower color
Cathy B on Oct 22, 2017
Matthew B on Oct 17, 2017
Hardiness, dark leaf and flower color
Cathy B on Oct 22, 2017
Small Area to plant and wanted color
H A on Oct 20, 2017
Matthew B on Oct 17, 2017
Most beautiful trees in our area. We have two growing now and wanted two more!
Kenneth S on Oct 12, 2017
For Its Beauty.
Verlon P on Oct 6, 2017
It will make an attractive specimen in our yard.
John S on Sep 22, 2017
Love the foliage color in addition to the deep red blooms
Linda L on Aug 26, 2017
The color
Thomas J on Aug 13, 2017
Love crepe myrtles
Marsha R on Jul 31, 2017
Dark Red
Gloria J on Jul 24, 2017
Size and color - have researched these
David S on Jul 11, 2017
Searching for this color,found on your web
Shirley B on Jul 9, 2017
size, color, and growing zone
David J on Jun 28, 2017
Very beautiful!
Paula K on Jun 11, 2017
Love crepe myrtles and needed some as a block. Saw this color locally but decided to go through Fast Growing Trees because I know their products are good.
Marion D on May 24, 2017
Wanted one
Patricia B on May 15, 2017
Beautiful color with good reviews.
Stephanie N on May 11, 2017
Kesha T on May 7, 2017
As a memorial for our daughter
Katie b on May 7, 2017
The beautiful shade of red! :)
Jay J on May 4, 2017
I have always admired these trees and now I will have one of my own.
Ingrid D on Apr 30, 2017
right size and liked the color of the flowers
Constance H on Apr 27, 2017
want the show
ken b on Apr 5, 2017
Love the colors and the compact size.
Kevin L on Apr 5, 2017
Liked the color and size
Vicky S on Apr 4, 2017
100 days of blooms! I like to plant things that offer a lot of color beyond spring.
Tracy J on Apr 2, 2017
I love the image that is displayed on the website. It was easy to choose because the growth rate and dimensions were available on the site.
Catherine Purnell Z on Mar 31, 2017
Beautiful appearance
arkadiusz k on Feb 22, 2017
The color of the leaf and the bright red flowers and good size 10' to 12' tall and 4' to 5' wide
look at the stock often and send them an e-mail and ask for what your looking for if you cant find it
chances are they have it coming in really soon or can special order it for you great trees by people
that truly care about there trees and you and get the warranty well worth it if you have a problem
Thanks Randy TX
Randy K on Feb 19, 2017
Dark leaves contrasting beautiful vibrant flower petals.
Charles W on Oct 19, 2016
Stuart G on Oct 15, 2016
Good color, hardy for MD and not overly large when mature.
Giora B on Oct 7, 2016
Color and size
Arthur M on Sep 10, 2016
The color and add color to the lawn
Mary L on Sep 6, 2016
Color and proper planting zone
Pat M on Sep 1, 2016
Beautiful speciman
Alison P on Aug 22, 2016
I have a landscape plan that needs bright specimens of different mature heights. This flowering tree is ideal for placement against the house facade, framing the entryway and allowing for complement to the azaleas under and behind. It's a uniquely colored, hardy addition.
Edward S on Aug 10, 2016
#1...the color of the blooms and the bark #2...a Google Trusted Store
Mary B on Aug 7, 2016
Offers a nice contrast to green leaved plants in landscape. Stated drought resistant, trying to move toward a more climate friendly and less maintenance landscape.
Waltraud B on Aug 6, 2016
Beautiful tree and is just the exact size for the front entrance to my home
Ignacio O on Jul 13, 2016
Hardy, good grower and beautiful
Cheryl C on Jul 13, 2016
I thought this looked great on the website !
Diana M on Jun 30, 2016
Beautiful red color! Fast grower and maintenance free. Just what I need.
Janice G on Jun 30, 2016
Because of height, vibrant color & fast growing.
angela e on Apr 22, 2016
for the color and the flair.
Shawn B on Apr 21, 2016
I saw these at the nursery. They were more than I really wanted to spend so I went on line and found this website. I liked the photos because it gave me a good idea of the color I wanted. Great deal!
Patrick M on Apr 19, 2016
I chose the Black Diamond Crape Myrtle because I needed a pop of color in my front yard and I love it's fullness.
Barbara C on Apr 16, 2016
Unusual foliage, sun tolerance/requirement, minimal pruning needs, showy flowers during intense summer months.
Jennifer P on Apr 16, 2016
Reading other comments about this tree, I decided to purchase for its beauty and manner in which it grows. The roots are not invasive and will add the pop of color needed on my front lawn.
Rosalyn T on Apr 15, 2016
It will grow in my area and has beautiful color.
Susan S on Apr 9, 2016
Small Area to plant and wanted color
H A on Oct 20, 2017
Most beautiful trees in our area. We have two growing now and wanted two more!
Kenneth S on Oct 12, 2017
How to plant in a pot?
David S on Apr 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Choose a pot that is just a bit larger than the one it arrived in and put in all the fertilizer and growth material that is suggested. It should have drainage holes.
where do we plant this tree if we live in Missouri north south east or west?
mary m on Jul 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I live in Nashville and the Black Diamond crape myrtles that I bought are doing well. However, I planted them in large tubs which remain on my south facing patio in spring, summer and fall, but are wheeled into my garage for the winter just to be sure they do well the following year. We can have some tough winters here...last winter there was a good bit of snow and several ice storms. Sky pencil hollies that I purchased from Fast Growing Trees, also in tubs on the patio, stay there all year round and do great.
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.
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.
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.
Is the color of the Black Diamond crape myrtle in harmony with the Dynamite Crapes? Don't want burgundy or pinks to clash. Are the red blooms similar?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Not really burgundy, it is crimson.
I was considering planting this tree against my house. Are the roots invasive?
Faye S on Aug 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine last year & so far the plant is doing fine. I haven't had any problems with the roots. Hope this is of help to you.
When planting what do you mean best red?
Jerry O on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: With its very dark leaves, the flowers are strikingly a pure red.
are black diamond crepe myrtles fast growing?
marge on Jul 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would say mine has doubled in height in less than a year.
is this a good time to plant black daimond crepe myyrtle in zone 6 western ohio?
jim k on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Actually, the best time to plant any tree is in mid to late fall. That allows the tree's roots to get used to the new soil it's planted in. Also, the roots of anything continue to grow/live even when dormant. Planting in mid to late fall also allows the roots to become stronger allowing for a smooth transition from transplant shock to the growth season. Since these are small they can be covered during hard freeze times.
Will deer bother this tree?
Phyllis R on Mar 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't had any issues with deer and these trees. However deer are not prevalent where I am located.
Do deer eat this tree?
Heather m on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Heather. I have had my Black Diamond Crape Myrtle tree for several years now and have had no problem with deer. The deer will eat my hostas, of course, but tend to leave the Crape alone.

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.
How to take care of my tree in the fall and winter should I cover it?
Llinda V on Oct 23, 2017
Can you plant late summer?
Susan C on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in winter when they were dormant, I've planted other varieties almost anytime of the year with success. I just used common sense about the needs of the plant and tried to reduce the stress it could experience. These plants are very hardy and easy to grow with minimal common sense effort.
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.
I just got one and I live in zone6a what should I do in the winter with it. I did plant it in the ground yesterday?
James R on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can mulch heavily around the tree to protect the roots. When doing so make sure that you leave a little space around the trunk to allow air circulation.
what is the growth rate for a best red crape myrtle?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I bought Diamond two years ago in a 3-gallon size; he was pretty small. He grows much slower than the Arapaho that I bought at the same time (both from Pam) and was 2 ft. Diamond is currently 27" tall, but very narrow. Whereas the Arapaho (aka Groot) is 32" tall and about 36" wide and the trunk is now displaying the famous crape myrtle pastel watercolor look. Both have been in containers; Groot will go in the ground very soon. I'm live in So Cal desert, so I have been overly protective of them. Diamond is gorgeous. The new leaves are bright green and change to black quite quickly. The bright red flowers last a long time.
How far should the crate Myrtle be planted from sidewalks and patios?
Jessie H on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Since their root system is not invasive and will not hurt your concrete walkways or patio's you can plant close but I would recommend 3 to 4 feet away so you have enough soil for proper watering. I Love my crepe myrtle. Hope this was helpful.
One plant would look like the picture? Or, do you need to a few?
Jenny R on May 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have only 1 tree and it does not have as many trunks as this picture. I have only 4 trunks and that is exactly what I wanted and if another one came up, I would remove it.. Hope this helps.
Can this survive in Manchester connecticut?
Lisa S on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think they recommend growing them in pots that can be taken in during the cold months that far north. They are doing great here in central Texas where we are now but couldn't grow them in South Dakota where we moved from. Not much help I guess.
will it grow in Cleveland Ohio?
Jeanene R on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
When should crape myrtle leaf out?
Carol B on Apr 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine have started leafing out this past week in southeastern NC.
I live in southwest florida will this tree work?
william f on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: ... it should work fine. It's a southern plant. Good luck. I have some here in Oregon too
I just planted my crepe myrtle last spring in south Carolina and it looks great. When should I trim it and how for the first time ? Thank you ..K EN
Ken L on Oct 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When pruning your Crepe Myrtle you should be careful not to heavily prune the tree. Thin out young trees to 3-4 main branches. After blooming in spring, clip the tips of the branches. Make the cut just above the point where a pair of leaves attaches to the stem.
Do I have to prune a crape myrtle?
elaine b on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No in case you want to just shake the nab I have about eight Mallard all over this make sure their water good
what is the best time of year to plant these magnificent trees in north houston (tomball texas)?
Deborah M on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted when I got it. About may. Been so long ago I not sure but it is doing well. expect growth this year to be about 18 inches.
Does the flower or any part of this tree stain concrete or anything of the mature?
Madmen on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine is so far from concrete I could not tell you. I do not see any evidence of it staining the ground around it...
Does this tree have a single trunk or is it more of a bush with several trunks?
C S on Aug 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A bush with several trunks. It looks the best as a bush.
I live in Kentucky and have recently planted a Black Diamond but I would like to keep it trimmed so that it does not grow very tall. When and how should I trim it?
Jean E on Aug 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jean Any pruning needs to be done during the dormant season. February-March is a good time. You won't need to prune this for the first year or so. When you do prune you do not want to hack the tree back to knubs as many people do, this causes a lot of stress to the tree, and does not allow healthy sturdy branches. Allow your tree to get a decent size trunk and prune criss-crossing branches out to promote good air flow. The ratio should be 60% canopy and 40% trunk. Once your tree has reached the height you want you will need to trim the top branches. Remember this tree tops out at 10-12 ft. so it's smaller than quite a few of the other crape myrtles. Happy Gardening

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