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Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Best Red

Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Best Red


Description: Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle is celebrated for its intense crimson-red blossoms and rich, dark foliage, creating a striking contrast in the garden. The flowers bloom in large, showy clusters during the summer months, attracting butterflies and other pollinators. Its glossy, deep purple leaves retain their color throughout the growing season, offering a visually stunning backdrop to the vibrant blooms.

Size: This variety typically grows to a height of 10 to 12 feet (3 to 3.7 meters) with a spread of 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3 meters). It has a moderate growth rate and a compact, upright habit. With proper pruning, it can be maintained as a smaller specimen or allowed to develop into a larger shrub or small tree.

Best Growing Zones: Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10. It flourishes in regions with hot summers and mild winters, such as the southern United States. While it can adapt to various soil types, it prefers well-drained soil with good fertility.

Soil Requirements: Like most Crape Myrtles, this variety prefers well-drained soil and full sun exposure. It can tolerate different soil types, including sandy, loamy, or clay soil, as long as it's well-drained. Regular watering, especially during the first year after planting, helps establish a robust root system.

Maintenance: Crape Myrtles are generally low-maintenance plants, and the Black Diamond Best Red variety is no exception. Pruning is typically done in late winter or early spring to remove any dead or damaged branches and encourage new growth. Regular deadheading of spent flowers promotes continuous blooming throughout the summer.

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