Black Diamond® Best Red Crape Myrtle

Black Diamond<sup>®</sup> Best Red<sup>™</sup> Crape Myrtle

Product Description

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

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

This brilliant 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® is very drought tolerant.

Black Diamond® will make a unique impact as an accent plant or group 3-5 for a magnificent mass planting. Growing approximately 10-12 feet tall and 8 foot wide, it’s a perfect fit for most gardens.

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 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.

upside down test

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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Care

BLACK DIAMOND® BEST RED™ CRAPE MYRTLE CARE:

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

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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!

 

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2 reviews

    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!

    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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