Crape Myrtle - Black Diamond Shell Pink
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
Shell Pink is a beautiful new Black Diamond Crape Myrtle with an attractive black foliage and masses of coral-pink blooms. The blooms reach their productivity peak during the summer and fall months. This variety has been described as having an intermediate growth habit, reaching 10 to 12 feet tall and can be used as a specimen or in mass plantings. 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. This crape myrtle can be used in Zones 2-5 if in a planter and brought in during the winter months. 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.
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