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Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia x 'Ebony Fire'

Bright crimson flower trusses are showcased against intense, black foliage. The showy blooms add dramatic color to hot summer landscapes and hold into fall. An eye-catching border plant or landscape accent, grown as a large shrub or a small tree. Drought tolerant once established. Deciduous.
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Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STRE-mee-a
LoreCrape 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 MaturityModerate growing; reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer into Fall
Design IdeasSmall 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorBlack
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Waterwise, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRosemary (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

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