Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x 'Ebony Fire'
Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Lore||Crape myrtles from the South Pacific arrived in Charleston, South Carolina where botanist Andre Michaux was the first to cultivate them around 1786.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer into Fall|
|Design Ideas||Small trees are perfect in the front yard to call attention to the entry or at other important points without crowding in foundation beds. Use in the backyard as a focal point in the view of oft used windows and sliders. Excellent choice around patios for color, enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes a great sideyard privacy screen with lots of interest for adjacent windows.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Waterwise, Pet Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis); Catmint (Nepeta); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)|
Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency once established; tolerates some drought. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring, leaving 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove emerging suckers from base of older trees.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9