Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'
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The Dynamite Crape Myrtle is one tree guaranteed to add vibrant color that will make your landscape “pop”. Whether you are looking for a specimen tree or natural privacy barrier trees, the Dynamite Crape Myrtle is an excellent choice.

Dynamite Crape Myrtles provide a “True Red” flower that is almost impossible to find in any other plant. The splendid red blooms are sure to turn heads. This is one of the best trees for warmer areas. When heat and humidity stop everything else from blooming, the Dynamite Crape starts to blossom. Bright, deep red flowers emerge and last up to 4 months.

Aside from its beauty the Dynamite Crape is very attractive for those seeking low maintenance, no fuss trees. They are mildew, disease and pest resistant as well as drought tolerant. The Dynamite Crape is a fast grower. At maturity it reaches up to 25 ft. You can expect it to bloom in its first year!

Low Maintenance: Just fertilize with a high quality slow release fertilizer in the spring. The better the fertilizer, the better the blooms.

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

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AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

How To Care

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Dynamite Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Dynamite Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9.

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some 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 to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. 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. Dynamite Crape Myrtles grow up to 25 feet tall and about 15 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. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. 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. The Dynamite Crape Myrtle is highly resistant to Powdery Mildew and other diseases.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

Landscape Ideas

The Dynamite Crape Myrtle will look great anywhere in your landscape.  The red flower clusters add vibrant color to your yard. It does reach about 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide so be mindful of this when choosing a spot to plant your tree. Crape Myrtles look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point. Dynamite Crape Myrtles will also look great framing your front door or the front entrance of your driveway. Plant 1 on each side and watch them grow into magnificent flowering trees.

Whether planted alone as a focal point for your landscape or in a group, the Dynamite Crape really stands out! If you are looking to add a vibrant color to an otherwise green and plain landscape the Dynamite Crape is the way to go. The red flowers on this tree are like no other.

Shipping Restriction

AZ

Soil Type

Adaptable

Sunlight

Full Sun, Part Sun

Drought Tolerance

Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

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DB
09/07/2018
Diana B.
United States

Crepe myrtle

Very easy to order and it was received in perfect condition. The instructions were complete and easy to follow. I would definitely order more plants in the future from this source

CG
09/06/2018
Crystal Graves
US

Beautiful healthy trees

I bought 2 of these to frame the arbor I have as the entrance to my garden and they are fantastic! They're still babies but I look forward to seeing them grow and bloom each year.

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EG
08/09/2018
Elma G.
United States

Great customer service

I had a concern about my order and customer service addressed it immediately. I will be a repeat customer.

RH
07/25/2018
Roxane H.
United States

Dynamite color

That was the easiest shopping for a specific tree ever! Wish it could have been a little bigger but I understand the problem with shipping a tree. I will order more in the future!

RJ
07/23/2018
Robert J.
United States

Poor packaging caused a lot of damage

I bought 2 Dynamites, largest size available. I was pleased with the fullness of the trees, but due to poor packaging both arrived severely damaged. The two pots were placed on opposite ends of the shipping box. This made the ends much heavier than the middle of the box. I found the box flat on my front porch. When I tried to raise it, I immediately noticed the center giving way and bending. I laid it back down immediately and opened it where it was. I found multiple top branches broken, from 8 to 18 inches in height damaged due to the fact the middle of the box was not reinforced. FedEx handlers had obviously moved it with only one person, thereby causing the center of the box to bend to the point of breaking the branches I found damaged. It could have been prevented by reinforcing the boxes' center. The 2 should survive, but I have been deprived of months of growth.

07/25/2018

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