Black Diamond® Crimson Red™ Crape Myrtle

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Dynamic Black Diamond® Crimson Red™ Crape Myrtle

  • Enjoy Large Clusters of Bright Red, Ruffled Blooms for Months
  • Prominent Bright Yellow Presentation in the Middle of Each Flower
  • Dramatic Burgundy-Black Foliage From Early Spring Through Frost
  • Upright and Shrubby Variety
  • Outstanding Flowering Privacy Screen
  • Can Be Grown as a Low Flowering Hedge with Yearly Pruning
  • Dazzling Seasonal "Thriller" in Containers No Matter Where You Live
  • Bold Foliage Resists Disease and Powdery Mildew
  • Hummingbird Magnet
  • Care-Free
  • Becomes Moderately Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

If you want a showy standout to add to your landscape, Black Diamond® Crimson Red™ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia BLACK DIAMOND 'Crimson Red') is an incredible choice. Add these special plants to elevate the star power of your property.

It features striking inky black foliage that stays dark over the entire growing season. Large clusters of brilliant red blooms are held above the dark leaves; which really "pops" the crimson red blooms.

Each bright red flower is offset with bright yellow centers. This cheery accent effortlessly adds a sense of breezy confidence!

You will be thrilled with the ease and performance of this shrubby, upright variety. Stop traffic no matter where you use it...and there are so many ways to feature versatile Crimson Red in your landscape.

Add more privacy, or accent a path or walkway. Use to decorate the front of your house, or put it to use as a flowering backdrop for smaller perennials. Line your driveways or fences.

Crimson Red from the Black Diamond series of Crape Myrtles will easily grow into a starring role in your landscape. Use one, or dozens. The masses of vibrant blooms turn "ho-hum" into a flowering paradise.

Nature Hills sends you very high quality, commercial-grade landscape plant material. You'll love getting your shipping notice in advance. Watch for that sturdy box!

Nothing is easier than ordering from our expert growers. Order Crimson Red Crape Myrtle today!

How to Use Black Diamond® Crimson Red™ Crape Myrtle in the Landscape

These plants can be grown to its full height and spread. They also take hard pruning well, so you can keep them much shorter if you prefer.

In Zone 6, they'll often act like a perennial. New growth emerges from roots, and reaches three feet high by the season's end.

Use this idea in warmer zones, too. Turn them into a low, three-foot hedge with a yearly trimming.

For gardeners in Zones 3, 4 or 5, take hope. You can enjoy the stunning black foliage that is a perfect dark backdrop to the crimson red blooms from late summer to fall in large containers.

Even if your winters are freezing, people have successfully overwintered their Crape Myrtles in an unheated shed or garage. Bring it back out once the weather warms up, and don't be surprised to see that new growth for a beautiful new season.

If you live in more temperate climates, you can grow these out to their full height and width for a gorgeous, "living fence." You'll love the flowering privacy around your pool deck or property line.

Plant them 12 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. Stagger a zigzagging second row if you want to see faster results!

Create an outdoor garden room with flowering walls. They make a garden statement at the back of your patio seating area.

These beautiful plants can become a gorgeous accent for a berm planting. Use three of them in an informal grouping.

Plant two as dramatic specimen shrubs flanking either side of your back gate. You'll trick visitors into thinking your yard is larger than it really is.

Use them to hide portions of your yard. Garden designers have been using this technique for ages to help break up a flat expanse and create the illusion of space.

They can also be used as a wonderful backdrop on the north side of your mixed border. Add them to the sunny side of mature evergreen trees for a more spirited presentation.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Give Crimson Red Crape Myrtle full sun, in a spot where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Morning sun is preferred, because it will dry off the foliage from any overnight dew quickly.

Plant in soil that drains quickly. Create a raised bed for planting if you see puddles that remain a long time after a rain event.

Apply a three-inch layer of pine straw or pine bark mulch. Pull the mulch at least six inches away from the stems for proper air circulation.

You'll definitely want to keep your young plants well-hydrated with soakings every few days. Move to a weekly soaking after a month, and keep it up the first season.

Low maintenance Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are highly disease resistant. Once they are established in your soil, they'll become moderately drought tolerant.

Apply an organic, slow-release fertilizer designed for flowering plants in early spring. You can apply again in mid-summer. Follow application rates on the label.

Keep lawn fertilizers that are heavy on nitrogen away from your Crimson Red Crape Myrtle. They may reduce the amount of blooms you'll see. Use care when fertilizing lawns with a broadcast spreader.

Prune in early spring to remove crossing branches and to control size. Eliminate the thickest, oldest wood at ground level every other year or so.

Leave the youngest, thinning stems to revitalize your plant. You'll enjoy the brightest foliage and boldest flower color with this simple technique.

Crape Myrtles are rarely severely damaged by deer. However, if you live in an area with heavy deer pressure, apply repellent on all new plants. Reapply according to the label directions.

Add Crimson Red Crape Myrtle for incredible flower power that just won't quit! Place your order 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

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

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 .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
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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Black Diamond® Crimson 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 'Crimson Red'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 10 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Crimson Red
Foliage Color Purple-Black
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring