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Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle Trees for Sale Online
The Red flowering Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle Tree is an exciting new Crape Myrtle hybrid that has the darkest black leaves anyone has seen on any Crape Myrtle, or any other shrub or tree for that matter!
About Your Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle Tree
Growing Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle
Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle that blooms in early summer with bright red flowers. It forms a small tree, with a dense, full shape. The foliage is a true black that contrasts well with the bright red flowers. It will bloom again in late summer if the first flush of flowers are deadheaded. It has excellent resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew and is perfect to add a shot of summer color in a foundation planting or as an informal hedge. The Crape Myrtle was introduced to the US over 150 years ago from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Each cluster within the Crape Myrtle has hundreds of flowers and each cluster can range from 8” to 16” long. The Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle has a broad and upright growing habit with small alternate leaves that are rounded at the base and are 1” to 2” long. Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle has leaves that are truly black. The Crape myrtle Ebony Flame is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, very drought tolerant and has a good resistance to powdery mildew. Although crape myrtles are a staple in the Southeast United States, plants such as Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle are becoming increasingly common in the Northern areas such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and on Long Island. The eye-catching trees continue to enhance landscapes allowing gardeners everywhere to relish in their pure beauty. Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle features terminal, crepe-papery, 6-14" long inflorescences (panicles) of bright red flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Crape myrtle Ebony Flame has flowers that give way to round seed capsules which often persist well into winter. In the South, Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle can easily be grown as a large woody shrub or trained as a small tree with a maximum size of 12' tall.
|Mature Height:||10-12 feet|
|Mature Width:||6 to 8 feet|
|Classification:||mid-sized tree form (10 to 12 feet)|
|Habit:||Deciduous, densely branched, multi-stemmed summer through the first frost|
|Flower Color:||bright red flowers in mid to late summer through the first frost|
|Foliage:||New growth emerges a rich dark purple black|
|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|
How to Care for Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle Tree
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Ebony Flame Crape Myrtle plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.