The Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtle has soft, but vivid pink blooms that really pop against its dark purple to black leaves. These stunning pretty pink flower clusters bloom all summer long and even into fall! The Shell Pink is an extraordinary dwarf tree and another gorgeous addition to the Black Diamond series.
These beautiful crape myrtles 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.
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Be sure you choose the right location and conditions for your new Black Diamond Shell Pink 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.
Black Diamond crape myrtles are perfect for small areas and urban yards with minimal space. The Black Diamond Shell Pink Crape Myrtles will look great anywhere in your landscape. The feminine pink flower clusters and deep burgundy-purple foliage add pretty and unique elements to your yard. The mature size is 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. The natural habit of the Shell Pink is upright and vigorous.
Black Diamonds are perfect specimen plants and provide bold focal points in your yard. The Black Diamond Pink Shel is the ideal centerpiece for your rock or zen garden or mixed bed. These crape myrtles also look great framing your front door or entrance of your driveway. Plant one on each side and watch your house turn into a home. The colors are so distinctive that your landscape will set itself apart from the rest. Black Diamonds make beautiful and unique privacy screens. Plant about 6 feet apart to provide some subtle privacy in spring, summer and fall. Try this lovely crape myrtle in a container. This is a great option for cooler zones. Just move your Pink Shell inside for winter.
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|Mature Height||10-15 Feet|
|Mature Width||6-10 Feet|