Dynamite® Crape Myrtle
Dynamite® Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'Item #0886 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 10
An attractive ornamental shrub or small tree with smooth, peeling bark. Showy, ruffled, fiery red summer flowers are followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage. An excellent choice as a specimen plant, or en masse for an explosion of color in the landscape and year-round interest. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering 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, in natural form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-kaPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide, in natural form.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedCompanion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilyturf (Liriope); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:It has been noted that prolonged periods of overcast weather can cause red-flowered crape myrtle flowers to fade to white.