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Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle for Sale Online
Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle is a mounding Dwarf Crepe myrtle that is covered by cherry-red blooms from summer to fall. New growth is a bronze-red that turns deep green in summer and a purplish-red in fall. This moderate grower reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It’s disease resistant and cold-tolerant.
As a member of the RAZZLE DAZZLE series, developed at a Michael Dirr breeding program at the Center for Applied Nursery Research in Dearing, Georgia, the Cherry Dazzle is noted for ease of care, excellent flower colors, handsome foliage, compact habit, and good disease resistance.
Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle is a deciduous, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub that typically matures to 3’ tall and 4’ wide. It features red buds opening to crepe-papery inflorescences of cherry red flowers in summer.
If spent flowers are promptly deadheaded, additional flowers will continue to bloom into fall. Dark green foliage turns burgundy-red in fall. Grayish-brown bark exfoliates with age. Flowers give way to round seed capsules which often persist well into winter on this Crape Myrtle Dwarf.
- Great for borders or mass plantings.
- Slow growing.
- Resistant to powdery mildew.
- It does well in a container.
- Excellent Dwarf Crepe Myrtle Variety
|Mature Height:||3 to 4 feet|
|Mature Width:||3 to 4 feet|
|Classification:||Semi-dwarf/Miniature (3-5 feet)|
|Habit:||Deciduous, densely branched, mounding habit|
|Flower Color:||Bright cherry red flowers in mid to late summer through Early Fall|
|Foliage:||New growth emerges a rich glossy bronze, changing to a equally rich dark green. Highly tolerant to powdery mildew|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used in the mixed border, mass planting, or part of a perennial garden. Also try them in containers on the patio|
How to Care for Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle
Be sure to read our planting instructions to ensure a healthy and happy plant for years to come!
Planting Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle Shrubs
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle Shrubs 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 backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Cherry Dazzle Shrubs 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 of Cherry Dazzle Myrtle 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 too 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. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success.
Watering Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle Shrubs
After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.
Pruning Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle Shrubs
Depending on the variety, crape myrtles can have different shapes and sizes. The miniature, or dwarf, varieties such as Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle Shrubs are generally bred to have lots of branches, and they tend to look shrub-like and would only need pruning if they are growing unevenly. Smaller varieties such as Cherry Dazzle Shrubs tend to develop sucker growth, or small shoots at the base of the trunk. These may be pruned off if desired, and the entire plant may be pruned according to your tastes. For varieties that bloom before mid-July, deadheading (or cutting off spent blossoms) can often result in a second blooming.