Growing Zones: 6-9 outdoors(hardy down to 0℉) 6-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 4-5 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- 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.
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I've purchased plants from other places and some have died, some struggled, and few survived. Every plant that I've purchased has not only survived (horrible treatment during transport) but has still significantly thrived and grown rapidly. I prepared a spot for every single plant using a mixture of (1/2)peat moss, (a small portion) top soil, (1/3)potting soil, (1 cup) bone meal, and (2-3 small shovels full) cow manure. I live in Louisiana, where the summer sun gets brutal. I feel that some of these plants will need some shade during the afternoon or they'll die. I hope that they survive, if they get a good root system going now.
Planting & Care
The Black Diamond Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a small tree (or shrub) known for its gorgeous black foliage and crimson red blooms. Enjoy the color combination from spring through fall. You’ll also love the low maintenance, drought tolerance and resistance to mildew you get with this crape. With a mature height of 10-12 feet and width of 4-5 feet, they’re great for small gardens, planted in containers to border an entryway, or even as a driveway or fence border. Plant your Black Diamond Crape Myrtle in the ground if you are in USDA growing zones 6-9, or keep it in a container and bring it indoors during the winter months if you’re in a cooler zone.
Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or it may not bloom at all. The Black Diamond is very adaptable to many soil types so just be sure that the area you’re looking to plant has adequate drainage when watering.
1) After you have found your planting area, make your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Carefully remove the myrtle’s root ball from the container. Lightly tapping the container around the bottom will help free it up without causing too much damage to the root system.
3) Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk(s) of the tree) is level with the soil surface. Crapes need to be able to pull oxygen into their root systems so covering them too much may inhibit their growth.
5) Tamp down the soil lightly as you backfill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming and then water after you’ve finished to settle the soil.
6) Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds and grasses from growing.
Watering: Myrtles are quite drought tolerant but while establishing, may need a bit more attention with watering during the hot summer season. Depending on your soil, there may need to be more frequent waterings, especially those with very sandy soils. After planting, water regularly to start. If the climate is hot you may need to water up to five times weekly especially in lighter soils. During the cooler seasons you’ll only need to water once weekly. Proper soil moisture is important in the hot season so that you’ll have a healthier tree and better looking blooms.
Pruning: Crape pruning is always a “mixed bag” if asking anyone when and how to prune. “Crape murder” is a common term heard with those who go far beyond what is necessary when trimming their myrtles. Prune in the late winter before any of the growth begins. If done in the late fall you will jeopardize the tree’s dormancy state which can lead to the tree dying. Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens infect the tree and always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle.
Some prefer to chop off all of the branches at a uniformed height every year leaving the stubs for the winter season that form a ball of growth in the springtime. This is good for height control and a uniformed border but can commonly result in knobby stems and bunchy growths that are easily susceptible to disease and aphid pests. This is where the term “crape murder” comes into play. Only a light pruning of the myrtle is needed to encourage plenty of blooms but “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when it comes to choosing the shape of your crapes.
For a more graceful tree shape, remove all but 4-5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom ½ of the tree. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs. Try not to over prune too early, do your basic pruning then allow the tree to grow a bit and then continue shaping over time. Remove any damaged, diseased, or crossing branches during the late winter. Also be sure to remove any suckers or low growths to prevent your crape from looking more shrub-like.
Fertilizing: Your Black Diamond Crape will greatly benefit from a light application of a complete, balanced, slow release fertilizer formula in the early spring and summer seasons. Slow release fertilizer will cut back on sucker growths but be aware, excessive fertilizing can lead to tree and limb growth but will inhibit the blooms from forming due to excess amounts of nitrogen.
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