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Deciduous Trees – Black Diamond Crape Myrtle

  • Black diamond crape myrtle 

Botanical name: lagerstroemia indica ‘black diamond’ 

Average size at maturity: 10 ft in height and 8 ft in width 

Bloom time: mid spring – first frost 

Hardy zone: zones 7-9

Flower color: purple, red, white 

Foliage color: deep purple/black, dark burgundy 

Growth rate: can grow 2-3 ft per year 

Pruning needs: remove dead or broken branches and trim to maintain desired shape and size in the late winter while the plant is in dormancy 

Landscape use: large border tree or hedge 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun per day 

Special features: long lasting blooms 

Water needs: allow soil to partially dry between watering sessions 

Fertilizing needs: use 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 in the early spring

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