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Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Shell Pink

Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Shell Pink


Description: The Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle is a deciduous shrub or small tree prized for its striking appearance. It features abundant clusters of vibrant pink flowers that bloom in summer, contrasting beautifully with its dark foliage. The foliage emerges burgundy-purple in spring, maturing to a deep, glossy blackish-purple as the season progresses. This cultivar typically has a compact, upright growth habit, making it suitable for smaller landscapes and gardens.

Size: The size of the Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle can vary depending on growing conditions and pruning practices. Generally, it grows to a height of about 10 to 12 feet with a similar spread, although it can be pruned to maintain a smaller size if desired. It's often grown as a multi-stemmed shrub or trained into a single-trunked tree form.

Best Growing Zones: The Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10. It prefers warm, sunny locations and is tolerant of heat and drought once established. This cultivar is relatively cold hardy compared to some other crape myrtle varieties but may benefit from protection in colder regions or during particularly harsh winters.

Cultivation: Plant the Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle in a location with full sun exposure and well-drained soil. It tolerates a range of soil types but prefers slightly acidic, loamy soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a strong root system, then reduce watering once the plant is established. Prune in late winter or early spring to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

Propagation: Propagation of the Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle is typically done through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Select healthy, vigorous stems and cut them into 4- to 6-inch sections, removing the lower leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix. Keep the soil consistently moist and provide bright, indirect light until roots develop.

Landscaping Uses: The Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle adds vibrant color and visual interest to landscapes, gardens, and streetscapes. Plant it as a focal point in the garden, along property lines for privacy, or in mixed borders for seasonal color. It also makes an attractive container plant for patios, decks, and entryways.

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