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Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'
    37 reviews
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
Dynamite Crape Myrtle
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Dynamite Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'
    37 reviews

Huge RED Blooms all Summer Long!

  • Plant anywhere for a major impact of "WOW" color
  • Dynamite says it all...this Crape Myrtle is a show stopper.
  • Very low maintenance, drought tolerant, and easy to care for.
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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 when considering trees for sale.

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. For additional options, the Tuscarora Crape Myrtle will also bloom loads of red in your landscape.

Aside from its beauty the Dynamite Crape is very attractive for those seeking a 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. This beauty can be considered the perfect flowering tree for zone 7, zone 8, or zone 9.

Crape Myrtle Tree Comparisons

Variety
Flower Color
Bloom Season
Zones
Height (ft)
Width (ft)
Growth Rate
White
June-Oct
7-10
20-30
20
3-5ft / yr
Red
July-Oct
7-10
10-12
8
1-2ft / yr
Red
July-Oct
7-10
10-15
8
3-4ft / yr
Red
July-Oct
7-10
10-15
6-10
3-4ft / yr
Red
July-Oct
7-9
20-30
15
3-5ft / yr
Cherry Red
July-Oct
7-9
15-25
15
2-3ft / yr
Magenta
July-Oct
7-10
10-12
6-8
3-4ft / yr
Purple
July-Oct
7-10
10-15
6-8
3-4ft / yr
Pink
July-Oct
7-10
10-12
6-10
3-4ft / yr
Violet Purple
July-Sept
7-9
15
12
1-2ft / yr
Salmon Pink
June-July
7-9
6-8
6-8
1ft / yr
Lavender
June-Oct
7-11
25-30
20
3-5ft / yr
Deep Pink
July-Sept
7-10
8-10
10
1ft / yr
Plum Magic
June-July
7-9
6-8
6-8
1ft / yr
Dark Purple
June-July
7-9
6-8
6-8
1ft / yr
Caring for Dynamite Crape Myrtle

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 pruning Crape Myrtle 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. Learn more on Crape Myrtles for sale and their awesome features.

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.

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.

Learn when to prune your flowering shrubs.

For additional options, be sure to browse the Black Diamond Crape Myrtle collection in our plant nursery.

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Growing Zones 7-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 10-15 Feet
Growth Rate fast
Bloom Color Red

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