Black Diamond® Crimson Red™ Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica
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Looking for something bold for your landscape? Something different? This stunning new crape myrtle from Black Diamond has brilliant crimson red blooms that pop against its deep purple to black leaves. Meet the Black Diamond Crimson Red Crape Myrtle. Now that is a plant that will stand out in your neighborhood!

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. Crimson Red Black Diamond Crape Myrtles tend toward a rounded, lush, bushy habit as compared to the other Black Diamond Reds. If you prefer a more shrub-like appearance then the Crimson Red is your best bet.

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 Crimson Red Black Diamond Crape Myrtle today. The beauties are sure to sell out fast!

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
Shipping Restriction AZ, LA
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Brand Black Diamond

How To Care

Be sure you choose the right location and conditions for your new Black Diamond Crimson Red 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 Crimson Red Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-10. They can survive into a zone 6, but mulch heavily in winter and treat like a perennial. Expect about a 4 foot shrub in zone 6.

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.

Shipping Restriction AZ, LA
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Brand Black Diamond

Landscape Ideas

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 Crimson Red 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.

Shipping Restriction AZ, LA
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Brand Black Diamond

Shipping Details

Due to the winter season we hold plant shipments to Zones 3-6 till April 15th. Zones 7-10 will ship now.

If you are in Zones 3-6 and would like to have your order shipped now please call 980-444-2353 

Most orders and all supplies are processed and shipped the same day.

Shipping Plants
We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in a truck over the weekend if possible. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. This delay will guarantee that your plants arrive the highest quality possible. Plants that specify shipping at different seasons will be shipped when they become available. ex. ships spring.

Supplies Ship Immediately.

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Sheila S.
United States

Tree was small for the price

The tree was sent quickly and arrived in good shape, and it was the right height, but it was like a couple of sticks with leaves. For $99, I expected a plant with a lot more to it.

Tessi S.
United States

5-6 foot Red Crimsom Black Diamond crape myrtle transit

Overall experience was great. Surprised to discover two tree trunks wrapped together. Understanding was the Black Diamond Red Crimson was characteristically a bush form. Is it ok to split the two trunks into a narrow V configuration?

Nilda F.
United States

Black Diamond crimson Red Crape Myrtle

I am very happy with my Crimson Red Crape Myrtle. It was raining so I put it where it could get some rain. Then I planted it and is looking great. It has rained more so that’s good. The tree came in very good packaging and condition. Can hardly wait for it to flower. Thanks.

britt w.
United States

Plants seemed distressed

When i opened the package i though the plants seemed dry and unhealthy. I repotted in larger pot with brand name soil and plants are putting on new leaves a looking good

Jason m.
United States

So far so good

They arrived with a few broken limbs as to be expected. We are very hopefully that they wil all grow and boom

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