If you are hoping to add some color to your yard, the Crape Myrtle Black Diamond varieties are an excellent choice. These stunning trees feature vivid blooms and intense dark leaves that are almost black in hue.
There are actually many different Crape Myrtle varieties, all of which feature captivating blooms in a range of colors. The Black Diamond varieties were developed by a research scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture. At Plant Me Green, we offer 8 different types of Black Diamond trees.
If you love red blooms, the Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Best Red would be an excellent option, as well as the Crimson Red or Red Hot varieties. For those who enjoy pink blossoms, you could select the delicate pink of the Diamond Blush or perhaps the more intense pink of the Diamond Shell Pink trees. The Purely Purple and Mystic Magenta options are ideal for those who prefer a more purple-hued bloom, and the Pure White is an excellent choice for those who wish to purchase a tree with white flowers.
The Crape Myrtle Black Diamond tends to reach a mature height of between 10 and 12 feet with a 4 to 5-foot spread. They can be an excellent choice for a smaller yard or perhaps a decorative way to line a long driveway or a fence. However, they also can be an ideal container plant, provided you use a container that is at least 12 inches in diameter.
If you live in USDA Zones 2-5, it is recommended that you keep your Crape Myrtle Black Diamond tree in a container. It will need to be placed inside during the wintertime. In Zone 6, you can plant this tree in the ground, but it does require protection during the winter months. The Crape Myrtle Black Diamond trees are hardy in Zones 7-9 and fairly drought tolerant as well as mildew resistant. If you aren’t sure in which zone you live, check out our handy Plant Hardiness Zones guide under the Green 101 tab on our home page.
It is recommended that you plant your Crape Myrtle Black Diamond tree in full sun. During its first month after planting, you will need to water the tree quite thoroughly every other day. It will need to be pruned every year, generally at the end of winter or first days of spring. Yearly fertilization is necessary around the time when you see new growth. Aside from that, there really isn’t a great deal of maintenance, which is just another reason why this tree is so popular.
If you have questions about proper planting or pruning of your Crape Myrtle Black Diamond tree, please let us know. We are happy to provide you recommendations for both planting and pruning. In addition to the Crape Myrtle Black Diamond varieties, we also carry several other types of Crape Myrtles for your consideration.