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Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot'
    14 reviews
Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle
Black Diamond Crape Myrtle Red Hot
Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle
Black Diamond Crape Myrtle Red Hot
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Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot'
    14 reviews

Vivid Fluorescent Red Blooms POP against Dark Lush Foliage

  • Bloom all summer and into fall!
  • Classic Upright Vase Shaped Dwarf tree
  • A striking specimen plant or flowering hedge
  • Disease Resistant and Easy to Grow!
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This is the tree you have been searching for! This stunning new dwarf crape myrtle variety from Black Diamond has vibrant red blooms with just a hint of hot pink that pop against its deep purple to black leaves. The sexy Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle is one RED HOT momma!

These stunning trees are drought tolerant and low maintenance. It is hard to believe you can get this unique and phenomenal beauty out of a plant that is so easy to grow! The Black Diamond series of crape myrtles are extremely resistant to diseases including powdery mildew and rarely have problems with pests.

Plant in full sun for best flowering. Crapes are adaptable to any well-draining soils. For the fastest growth and the best flowers fertilize when planting and in spring with our balanced, slow release fertilizer. Black Diamond Crapes thrive in zones 7 to 10. Zone 6 can grow these beauties in the ground and treat as a perennial. Simply mulch the roots heavily in winter. Your plant will emerge from the roots in spring and reach about 4 feet every year.

Order your Red Hot Black Diamond Crape Myrtle today. This tree is a great gift for the love of your life or your cool mom! They will love it! Trust us!

Crape Myrtle Tree Comparisons
Variety Flower Color Bloom Time Zones Height (ft) Width (ft) Growth Rate
Black Diamond Best Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 8 1 - 2ft / yr
Black Diamond Crimson Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 8 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Mystic Magenta Magenta Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Purely Purple Purple July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6 - 10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Red Hot Red Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Shell Pink Pink Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft / yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Dynamite Cherry Red Early July to Oct 7 - 9 15 - 25 15 2 - 3ft / yr
Muskogee Lavender June to Oct 7 - 11 25 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Natchez White June to Oct 7 - 10 20 - 30 20 3 - 5ft / yr
Pink Velour Deep Pink Early July to Sept 7 - 10 8 - 10 10 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Plum Magic Pink Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 7 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft / yr
Caring for Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle

Be sure you choose the right location and conditions for your new Black Diamond Red Hot Crape Myrtle to thrive. Crape Myrtles are easy to grow and don't require much maintenance. You can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Avoiding temperature extremes is ideal, of course. Black Diamond Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-10. 

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate mild shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting with our balanced, slow release fertilizer to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Black Diamond Crape Myrtles grow up to 12 feet tall and about 8 feet wide.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. Black Diamond Crape Myrtles rarely have issues with pests and are disease resistant. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Black Diamond Crape varieties are extremely resistant to Powdery Mildew.

Landscape ideas

This compact tree matures around 10-12 feet tall and about 6-8 feet wide. Black Diamond Crapes are perfect for small areas and urban yards with minimal space. Red Hot Black Diamond Crape Myrtles tend toward an upright, vase shape tree as compared to the other Black Diamond Reds. The Red Hot is generally the largest of the 3 reds at maturity. If you prefer classic looking crape myrtle that is most likely to hit that 12 foot mark the Red Hot is your best choice.

Plant this crape myrtle up your driveway, or around your patio. The colors are so distinctive that your landscape will set itself apart from the rest. Looking for a flowering hedge? Plant this crape myrtle every 6 feet and have a beautiful flowering hedge. This tree can certainly stand on its own as an accent or specimen! The Black Diamond Red Hot is the ideal centerpiece for your rock or zen garden or mixed bed. This tree even grows well in containers. Cooler zones can grow them as a patio plant and move inside in the winter.

For additional options, be sure to browse the Black Diamond Crape MyrtleCrape Myrtle and Dwarf Tree collections.

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Growing Zones 7-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Growth Rate fast
Bloom Color Red
Brand Black Diamond

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