NEWScientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9.
Crape Myrtle - Black Diamond Lavender Lace
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9.
Plant Quick Guide
Full (6-8 hours)
2-3 ft for hedge; 12-15 ft for border or fence
- About Black Diamond
Pastel purple blooms and deep black foliage make Black Diamond® Lavender Lace™ an elegant accessory for container gardens and landscape beds, but they’ll hold their own as blooming hedges, as well. Lavender Lace™ combines traditional beauty with a commanding presence wherever it’s planted. A maximum size of 10-12 feet tall and 8 feet wide lets gardeners use this plant wherever they need a bit of interest in the garden. Plant alone as a specimen or mix and match with other Black Diamond® Blooms for an outstanding design. Crape Myrtles look particularly nice when lining driveways or fences, and can also be planted in a container on your deck or patio as long as the container is at least 12 inches in diameter. These crape myrtles are drought tolerant, mildew resistant, and low-maintenance. Zone 6 planting requires protection during the winter otherwise, it will die back to the ground and blooms will be sparse. The Black Diamond is hardy in Zones 7-9. USDA ZONES: Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
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First, decide on a planting location. Pick a nice sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole about three times as wide as the root ball. Place the potted plant in the hole to make sure the hole is large enough. Make sure the top of the root ball is even with surrounding soil. Then remove the pot and place the plant back into the hole. Fill in around the roots with the soil, using your foot to firm it. Spread mulch 2 inches deep over the top. Make sure to water thoroughly using a hose not a sprinkler. Fertilize a new crape myrtle in early spring, beginning in March or early April. Add 1 teaspoon of a general-purpose fertilizer once a month until August, spreading the fertilizer evenly over the soil around the plant. Mature crape myrtles need to be fertilized in early spring when the plant begins to actively grow and again in early summer to encourage blooming. When planting for the a driveway or fence border, plant 12 to 15 feet apart. For a flowering hedge, plant 2 to 3 feet apart and cut down to 4 inches tall each winter. If using as a patio planter, plant in a planter at least 12 inches in diameter.
To help crape myrtles retain water, mulch with organic matter 2-3 inches deep, making sure to keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Water regularly until established. Remove dead branches any time and prune weak branches back in the spring in order to encourage a strong and productive tree. Fertilize once per year as new growth emerges.
Black Diamonds® are a revolutionary new series of crape myrtles that provide unique beauty to your landscape. Flawless black foliage emerges in early spring followed by masses of brilliant jewel-toned blooms that last until the first frost. Black Diamonds are perfect for landscapes of all sizes because they have a naturally compact habit, reaching a maximum height of 10-12 ft. and width of 8 ft. Style wise, Black Diamonds make attractive flowering hedges or beautiful trees to line your driveway or fence, they also perfect planted in decorative pots to place on your deck, porch or balcony.