• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Summer Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Red
    Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilyturf (Liriope); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring; leave 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove suckers from the base of older trees.Pruning time: late winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Dynamite® crape myrtle is a product of Carl Whitcom's breeding program, which rather than hybridizing L. indica and L. fauriei, instead focused on evaluating seedlings from an outstanding red cultivar of L. indica, Selections were chosen for mildew resistance, cold hardiness and drought tolerance, and resulted in outstanding new introductions with more vivid colors, longer bloom and in some cases, dark-hued foliage. Two of the most popular are Dynamite® (L. indica 'Whit II'), with bright, true red flowers; and Red Rocket ® (L. indica 'Whit IV'), with extra-large, cherry red trusses.
    It has been noted that prolonged periods of overcast weather can cause red-flowered crape myrtle flowers to fade to white.