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Striking Black Foliage and Red Blooms

  • Dark, Colorful Foliage Spring to Summer
  • Show-Stopping Red Flowers All Season
  • Great for Smaller Gardens

Every garden needs a little drama. What gardeners don't need, however, are plants that are drama queen to take care of. If you're looking for low-maintenance performance in your own garden, then you need to order some Black Diamond 'Best Red' Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia BLACK DIAMOND 'Best Red') today.

Marching down a fence-line or lining your driveway, 'Best Red' will be stopping traffic on your street. Stunning black foliage is an inky backdrop to the vivid red blooms from spring to fall. Let it grow to its full height or prune it hard every winter and let it be a unique 4 foot hedge. Either way, it will be a conversation starter.

'Best Red' is easily pruned to fit into your favorite large container, too. Use it around your patio or flanking a sunny door.

All of the Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are low maintenance, highly resistant to mildew and are relatively drought tolerant once established.

In Zones 7 - 10, this plant can be grown as a shrub or small tree. However, 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 old wood in spring to prepare for new growth.

It will also be an exotic "Thriller" in annual container gardens in Zones 3 - 5. People have had luck - even in these cold winter zones - by moving the patio container into an unheated garage for the winter. You might be surprised to see this fabulous plant regrow from the roots the next year - even in those cold weather zones.

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!

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
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 14.95
20 - 49.99 17.95
50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-10
Growing Zones 6-10
More Information
Brand Black Diamond
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia BLACK DIAMOND 'Best Red'
Foliage Dark
Mature Height 10 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 feet
Soil Type Well-drained
Moisture Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Dark