Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle
Striking Accent Black Foliage and Red Blooms
- Dark Foliage Remains Colorful Spring to Fall
- Showy, Clear Red Flowers All Season
- Magnificent Accent
- Even Smaller Gardens Can Find Room for One or Two
- Add Drama to Your Landscape Design
- Perfect Flowering Hedge
- Grow in Large Containers (Even in Zones 3 - 5!)
- Use as a Shrub or Small Tree
- Butterfly and Hummingbird Magnet
- Disease Resistant
- Drought Tolerant
For a bold, fantastic garden accent, you’ll never go wrong with a Black Diamond Crape Myrtle. These plants feature deep, dark consistent foliage all season long. You’ve probably seen examples of these popular landscape shrubs. People love them for good reason!
Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica Black Diamond ‘Best Red) has incredibly deep, clear red crinkled flower clusters that will decorate your landscape most of the growing season. The wonderful flowers are the perfect contrast to the classic dark red—nearly black— foliage of the Black Diamond series.
Every garden needs a little drama! The unique look of Best Red Crape Myrtle brings a very dynamic display to the landscape. From early spring through fall, the nearly black foliage sets the stage, and it holds that high impact color all season.
You’ll thrill each year to see the ruffled red blooms develop into extremely showy large clusters. The blooms are so visible atop the deep dark red-black foliage, you’ll have people slowing down for a second look as they drive past your home or business.
In fact, they are so showy, you might think these shrubs are high maintenance divas, but that’s the furthest thing from the truth. Best Red shrubs pair show stopping appearance with a very appealing low-maintenance performance.
All of the Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are low maintenance, highly resistant to mildew and are relatively drought tolerant once established. Best Red is a versatile variety, with a growth habit that is a bit upright and a bit shrubby.
Jim Berry is the famous plantsman who developed the series, and he highlights this variety as an intermediate option. Best Red gives you much more flexibility as you decide how you want to maintain it in your yard.
Remove the lower limbs and expose the lovely smooth bark to keep it as a small landscape accent tree. Or, allow the lower branches to grow in to the ground for a perfect privacy screen. Best Red is well suited for either application.
You get a whole lot of “bang for the buck” with the Best Red variety. Stunning black foliage is an inky backdrop to the vivid red blooms from spring to fall. Order yours today!
How to Use Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle in the Landscape
You’ll love the option to use Best Red as a “friendly” living fence. Try it along the length of your property line, or plant it along driveways or fences. How nice to boost the height of your hardscaped fence and gift your family a very welcome feeling of respite from prying eyes.
It makes a terrific flowering hedge along the pool deck. Plant a staggered row in a zig-zag planting pattern to reach solid screen faster.
This sun lover can be added to the sunny side of larger evergreens. Best Red can take hard pruning to keep it shorter. It can be maintained as a multi-trunked small tree, as well. Add a conversation starter in your patio planting!
It’s perfectly planted in the ground in Growing Zones 6 - 10 or use it as the ideal container plant anywhere. Try several around your patio, or one on either side of a sunny entrance. It looks great all season.
In Zones 7 - 10, this plant can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Best Red is well suited to almost any size landscape and makes the perfect small tree. Decide to grow it on a single trunk or a as a beautiful multi-trunked specimen. Why not feature it in a prime location in your landscape?
In Zone 6, this versatile plant is considered a perennial. It will regrow from the roots in the spring like a perennial plant. Simply trim off any winter damaged wood in spring to prepare for new growth. A layer of straw around the bottom of the plant to protect the crown will ensure your Best Red returns even after the coldest winter.
It will also be an exotic "Thriller" in annual container gardens in Zones 3 - 5. People in these cold winter zones can simply move the patio container into an unheated garage for the winter. Drag it outside again once the threat of frost has passed and enjoy the new growth from the roots.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Plant in full sun locations, preferably one that gets the drying power of the morning sun. Crape Myrtles do best in well-drained soil. Make sure that the location drains well with no winter standing water. If you need to improve your drainage, you can mound up additional soil to 18 inches and plant in that mound. Or, plant in a raised bed if necessary.
Spread a good layer of mulch 2 to 3 inches deep out 3 feet from the center of the plant. Mulch helps the roots stay cool and to conserve water. Water regularly the first season and less the next. Easy care Crape Myrtles are all drought tolerant once established.
Apply slow release fertilizer in early spring and before the 4th of July. Follow directions on the container, as you won’t want to overdo the application rate.
All Crape Myrtles flower on new wood so heavy pruning in late winter or early spring will not damage this season’s flowers. Please don’t shear them straight across the top. This will promote weak, spindly branches over time.
It’s better to selectively prune your plant to shape it. Reach into the canopy to shape or simply to remove twiggy growth or crossing branches. The goal is to allow good air circulation into the canopy.
For a tree form, select the strongest branches, and prune all laterals smoothly back to the main stems below where you’d like to see the canopy. Choose 3, 4 or 5 stems for a gorgeous multi-trunked specimen. Keep trimming up those laterals for a few years as your tree takes shape. How fun to make your mark on your landscape!
Pruning out flower clusters as they fade will encourage more blooms. Let this simple task become an exercise in mindful outdoor meditation. Give some attention to your garden, and it will reward you a thousand-fold.
These amazing plants have been naturalized in the United States for hundreds of years. Whether you know them as Crapemyrtle or Crepe Myrtle, Best Red from the Black Diamond revolutionary new series of Crape Myrtles is truly one of the best reds on the market.
You will be hard-pressed to find another plant this easy and this dramatic. Don't let another summer go by without a few of these in your garden! Order Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle from the expert growers at Nature Hills today.
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia BLACK DIAMOND 'Best Red'|
|Mature Height||10 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Foliage Color||Dark Red Black|