Black Diamond® Red Hot™ Crape Myrtle

Black Diamond® Red Hot™ Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot’
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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

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot’
Brand Black Diamond

How To Care

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.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot’
Brand Black Diamond

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.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Hot’
Brand Black Diamond

Shipping Details

Most orders are processed and shipped in about 1-3 business days.

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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.

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JR
08/23/2018
Joan R.
United States

Black diamond crepe myrtle

So far looks great

A
08/05/2018
ashford
United States

Excellent

loving my crape myrtle...every purchase made is fabulous! Thank you for the outstanding service.

CH
06/17/2018
Cathy H.
United States

Beautiful Tree

I opened the box and immediately began to smile! To see the beauty of this tremendously healthy tree was a thrill! I haven't planted this tree yet so it's sitting in it's pot outside. It's still just as beautiful and healthy a week later.

Cathy H. verified customer review of Black Diamond® Red Hot™ Crape Myrtle
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06/15/2018
Cathy H.
United States

Best Online Plant Store

Great selection of plants and trees. The crape myrtles I got are gorgeous! The rose bushes are fabulous! The prices are low and the fastest shipping I've ever seen!!! Best online shopping experience ever!

Cathy H. verified customer review of Black Diamond® Red Hot™ Crape Myrtle
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06/03/2018
Cheryl S.
United States

First time buyer

This is my first time buying from The Planting Tree and I was pleasantly surprised. Packaged very well and is very healthy looking. I am planning on buying more from The Planting Tree.

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