The Dynamite Crape Myrtle is one tree guaranteed to add vibrant color that will make your landscape “pop”. Whether you are looking for a specimen tree or natural privacy barrier trees, the Dynamite Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice.
Dynamite Crape Myrtles provide a “True Red” flower that is almost impossible to find in any other plant. The splendid red blooms are sure to turn heads. This is one of the best trees for warmer areas. When heat and humidity stop everything else from blooming, the Dynamite Crape starts to blossom. Bright, deep red flowers emerge and last up to 4 months.
Whether planted alone as a focal point for your landscape or in a group, the Dynamite Crape really stands out! If you are looking to add a vibrant color to an otherwise green and plain landscape the Dynamite Crape is the way to go. The red flowers on this tree are like no other.
Aside from its beauty the Dynamite Crape is very attractive for those seeking low maintenance, no fuss trees. They are mildew, disease and pest resistant as well as drought tolerant. The Dynamite Crape is a fast grower. At maturity it reaches up to 25 ft. You can expect it to bloom in its first year!
Low Maintenance: Just fertilize with a high quality slow release fertilizer in the spring. The better the fertilizer, the better the blooms.
|Type||Flower Color||Bloom Time||Zones||Height (ft)||Width (ft)||Growth Rate|
|Black Diamond Best Red||Red||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Blush||Light Pink||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Pure White||White||July to Oct||7 - 9||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Catawba||Violet Purple||July to Late Sept||7 - 9||15||12||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Coral Magic||Salmon Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Dynamite||Cherry Red||Early July to Oct||7 - 9||15 - 25||15||2 - 3ft/yr|
|Muskogee||Lavendar||June to Oct||7 - 11||25 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Natchez||White||June to Oct||7 - 10||20 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Pink Velour||Deep Pink||Early July to Sept||7 - 10||8 - 10||10||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Plum Magic||Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Purple Magic||Dark Purple||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Red Rocket||Red||July to Oct||6 - 9||20 - 30||15||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||20-30 Feet|
|Mature Width||10-15 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'|
Questions and Answers
How To Care for your new Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Dynamite Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Dynamite Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9. We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.
These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Dynamite Crape Myrtles grow up to 25 feet tall and about 15 feet wide.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Dynamite Crape Myrtle is highly resistant to Powdery Mildew and other diseases.
Landscape Ideas for your Dynamite Crape Myrtle
The Dynamite Crape Myrtle will look great anywhere in your landscape. The red flower clusters add vibrant color to your yard. It does reach about 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide so be mindful of this when choosing a spot to plant your tree. Crape Myrtles look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point. Dynamite Crape Myrtles will also look great framing your front door or the front entrance of your driveway. Plant 1 on each side and watch them grow into magnificent flowering trees.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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