Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle Tree

Red Summer Blooms & Unique Burgundy Foliage Make This Tree a Show Stopper!

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Give your garden a brilliant boost with the vivid beauty that only the Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle tree can offer.

The striking jet black foliage of the Black Diamond plant contrasts beautifully with the boldly colored red blooms, making it a beautiful center piece in the garden or landscape.

The red flower clusters will appear in early spring and last until the winter months.

Black Diamond Crape Myrtle Best Red will make a unique impact as an accent plant or group 3-5 for a magnificent mass planting or flowering hedge. Growing approximately 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide, the flowering shrub is a perfect fit for most gardens. It stays nice and compact as a small tree.

Black Diamond Crape Myrtle Care

This brilliant flowering shrub will bloom all summer up until fall’s first frost. For best results, grow in full sun to partial shade with well-amended soil; once established, Black Diamond Crape Myrtle trees are very drought tolerant.

Will benefit from the addition of a slow-release fertilizer at the top of the root ball once a year. This will help with continuous flowering. The Black Diamond series is pest, disease, and deer resistant, as well as drought-tolerant and mildew resistant.

These trees are perfect for lining a driveway or fence. Grow across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9.

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Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide!

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia indica

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Black
Mature Height 10-12 ft
Mature Width 8 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Deep red blooms
  • Uniquely colored foliage
  • Drought tolerant
  • Great size for smaller gardens

Shipping Info

Once your Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

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No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtles can tolerate minimal shade, but flowering and growth will be most ideal in full sun. They grow well in most average, well-drained soil types and are quite drought tolerant but should be watered regularly during their first year until established.

Blooms develop on new growth; so spent blooms should be trimmed to allow a second or even third blooming, depending on the length of the season in your zone. Suckers, or branch growth that develops at the base of the tree should be removed.

Heavier pruning of the branches themselves should be avoided until the tree is 3 or more years old unless branches are crossing one another or growing toward structures. In which cases, they should be removed at their base.  

Click here for our more extensive Crape Myrtle Grow Guide


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

8 reviews for Black Diamond® Best Red™ Crape Myrtle Tree

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  1. Caroline Izzo

    Saw a full grown Black Diamond in a neighbor’s yard and have been looking for one every since. They are hard to find here in Texas, so I was excited to find them on Perfect Plants website. Ordered 2 and they look great! My spring planting is now complete. Thanks Jamie for answering my countless emails about the trees!

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  2. Dan Watkins

    These trees have the most unique color of any crape myrtle. Their leaves look just like the photos – purplish black color. Ordered 6 to go along my driveway. Trees shipped with planting guide, which was a plus for a novice gardener like myself.

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  3. Robert D.

    Shipped fast and were of nice size. Also could not find locally so a plus to find this online nursery.

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  4. Vivian (verified owner)

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    The plants all arrived in excellent condition and remain so! I would not hesitate to order from your company in the future.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Vivian, thank you for your order of the Black Diamond Crape Myrtle. Best Red is one of our favorites and we are glad you are pleased with your new plants! Happy planting

  5. kristine panieri (verified owner)

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    Very healthy plants. Packing was great

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Kristine, we are so glad you are happy with your new black diamond crape myrtle! Happy planting!

  6. Beverly Blackburn (verified owner)

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    Received the crape myrtle and immediaetly planted it as per the enclosed instructions. The plant arrived healthy looking and was carefully packaged. I went ahead and ordered another one. Hopefully come Spring it will still look great as it is starting to get cold in PA

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We are so glad to hear your Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle arrived save and sound. Happy planting!

  7. Kristina (verified owner)

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    My plants were well packaged and were delivered very quickly. There was no damage to the plants from shipping, and they were packed so we didn’t have to plant them immediately. Very impressed.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hi Kristina, thank you for your kind words on our Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle trees. We are so glad they arrived safely and sound at your home. Enjoy!

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Tree was blooming upon arrival! I am impressed

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your feedback on our Black Diamond Best Red Crape Myrtle Tree! Enjoy

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