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
growing zone 7-9
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

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

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.

For additional options, be sure to browse our Crape Myrtle and Black Diamond Crape Myrtle collection.

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

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We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in transit over the weekend during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. We guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

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Deborah J.
United States United States

I expected larger/fuller plants. One

I expected larger/fuller plants. One of the 4 was pink, not red.

Linda H.
United States United States

Dynamite Crepe Myrtle

Everything was in good condition. The only problem with the crepe myrtle is lavender and not red.

Sarah D.
United States United States

Beautiful Plant

Good! Smartly packaged. My order came promptly and in good shape.


Fingers crossed

I received my crape yesterday and have high expectations that she's going to grow big and healthy. Just two skinny, not very leafy branches right now, but I'm seeing the glass half-full. I was very surprised she came in such a teeny little pot, can't be more than a quart. Guess I shouldn't complain, though, since I got a free June Bug - wish he'd eaten the cardboard, though, instead of the leaves!!! The fig, however, came in a much larger pot and looks very healthy - and is literally covered in fruit. I've attached photos of these two plus one of one of the vanilla and strawberry hydrangeas I've had in the ground about a month. They are amazing - just look at the blooms setting up. I can't wait to see if the soil may affect the color and they bloom blue instead of pink. Oh, well, vanilla and blueberry sounds good, too! Uh-oh, could not get photos to attach but anyway, trust me gardeners, you will not be disappointed if you order a Celeste fig or Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea, for sure. I am reserving judgment on the crape myrtle since I see from attached photos that bigger and healthier trees have been received - mine may flourish yet - crape myrtles abound in North Carolina so if it's going to grow big and strong, it will be here. I'll be back, Planting Tree. The plants I have received from you are sooooo much more beautiful and affordable than those I have purchased at a local nursery. Keep up the good work.

James Nicholas

A GREAT crape myrtle - even in the North (a suburb of Hartford, CT) !

Great, fast and superb merchandise. By the way, I've been growing crape myrtles in Central Connecticut for over 15 years. 'Catawba' has proven reliably winter-hardy here in zone 6B on an unprotected street corner with NO microclimate, usually leafing out to the very ends of the branches in May, and blooming reliably and lavishly beginning in July for almost 3 months straight. I've also been growing 'Tonto' and 'Dynamite' as well - these will die back to the ground during a hard winter but always come up from the roots in the spring like a perennial to a height of 3-4 feet and bloom copiously as well. If I'm not feeling lazy and wrap them in black plastic, the branches come through the winter undamaged. I would encourage everyone in my Southern New England hardiness zone to experiment with crape myrtles. They are totally undemanding and wonderfully rewarding. (Occasionally I see yards around town and in neighboring towns that feature crape myrtles as "perennials" in shrub form - they're catching on).

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