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Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle Tree

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

Dynamite Crape Myrtle is a mid-size flowering tree that has crepe-papery, red flowers that persist throughout the summer. Native to Asia, Dynamite Crape Myrtle has dark green foliage in the spring and all summer long that changes to bright green in the fall. This easy to grow, eye-catching flowering tree enhances any large garden, and looks excellent in front yards.

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Dynamite Crape Myrtle is a prolific producer of long-lasting clusters of red flowers. Each flower cluster on the Dynamite Crape Myrtle produces hundreds of red flowers. Each cluster can range from 8 to 16 inches long. The Dynamite Crape Myrtle has a very broad, upright habit. Crape Myrtle produces dark green leaves in the spring, bright green in the summer, and in the fall, they turn a vibrant orange-red. Each summer, the Dynamite Crape Myrtle exfoliates its gray-brown colored bark in thin strips to expose a smooth and light brown colored inner bark. This Crape Myrtle is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, very drought tolerant, and has good resistance to powdery mildew.

Dynamite Crape Myrtle is a deciduous, dense-branched tree that is native to Asia. Its key ornamental features include vibrant cherry red petaled blooms and bright green foliage. The Dynamite has a very broad and upright growing habit with small alternate leaves that are rounded at the base. During the fall, its leaves turn an orange-red color in the fall.

This full sun-loving specimen plant has a medium growth rate, increasing up to 2 feet tall in height per year. Each summer, the Crape Myrtle exfoliates its gray-brown colored bark in thin strips to expose a smooth and light brown colored bark. The Crape Myrtle Dynamite is adaptable to a wide range of well-drained soil types, very drought tolerant, and pest and disease resistant to powdery mildew.

The Crepe Myrtle fast-growing habit is upright, wide-spreading, multi-stemmed, and can be grown as a shrub or small tree. An additional common name is ‘Lilac of the South in reference to its popularity in southern gardens (USDA Zones 7-9). This colorful tree is sure to be the focal point of any landscape with its showy red blooms.

Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle Plant GuideHow to Plant Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle Trees

Hardiness Zone: 6-10
Mature Height: 15 to 18 feet
Mature Width: 12 to 15 feet
Classification: Tree form large (20 feet or more)
Sunlight: Full sun
Habit: Deciduous, densely branched, multi-stemmed habit
Flower Color: Bright fiery red flowers in mid to late summer through the first frost
Foliage: New growth emerges a rich glossy green, changing to a equally vibrant orange-red in the fall
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting, or a specimen planting. Also try them in large containers on the patio
Growzone: 6-10 Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle Tree Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Dynamite Red Crape Myrtle Tree

Once you buy a Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree, make sure to read about the care instructions that are recommended to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How often do I water my Dynamite Crape Myrtle?

How often do I water my Dynamite Crape Myrtle?

Although it is drought tolerant, the cold hardy Dynamite tree thrives when maintained in moist soil. While the tree is young, water twice a week for up to a year to allow the roots to establish. After that, reduce your watering to once a week. A good way to test if your tree is thirsty, stick your finger in the surrounding soil. If it's dry, give it some water.

How do I prune Dynamite Crepe Myrtles?

How do I prune Dynamite Crepe Myrtles?

Since Crape Myrtles typically have several trunks, leave them intact, but remove suckers (extra limbs growing from beneath the ground). Dynamite Crape Myrtle plant trees bloom on new wood, so pruning should be done in late winter. When pruning a young tree, you can remove excess limbs, or branches that are dead, dying, or diseased. While pruning can be used to limit the growth of your plant, over-pruning can be harmful to the tree. It is best to shop for a Crape Myrtle that is the right size for your space, and prune sparingly.

What kind of soil is best for my Red Crape Myrtles?

What kind of soil is best for my Red Crape Myrtles?

While able to withstand most soil types, this Crape Myrtle prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soil. If you decide to fertilize your tree, opt for a multi-purpose, slow-release fertilizer and apply once early in the spring. A common myth is that heavy fertilizing will increase the abundance of blooms. However, giving your tree too much fertilizer will support foliage growth, at the expense of your blooms. When it comes to the Crape Myrtle, less is more.

How do I plant Dynamite Crape Myrtles?

How do I plant Dynamite Crape Myrtles?

The Dynamite prefers full sun, so it is best to pick a spot where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sun without competition from taller trees. Dig a hole in your garden that is wider, but no deeper than the container your plant came in. After placing your tree in the hole, fill the remaining space with the soil you removed earlier, and pack down tightly. Be sure not to cover any limbs with the soil. Once this is complete, give your tree a good watering and cover with some organic mulch, such as pine bark. It is important to leave a gap between the mulch and the trunk to prevent root system rot and disease. The mulch will also help to maintain moisture and protect the roots from harsh winter months.


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