Crape Myrtle Black Diamond Best RedScientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9
The Black Diamond Crape Myrtle variety represents the first series of true dark-leafed crape myrtles. The blooms of the Best Red Black Diamond come in a vivid red blooms which offset the intense hues of the dark leaves. When Best Red first starts to bloom, the bloom may appear white but will darken once fully opened. As with any bloom, as time progresses the bloom will fade. The bright blooms of the Black Diamond 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, a spread of 4 to 5 feet, 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.