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Dynamite Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II'

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Dynamite Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' flowers

Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' flowers

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Dynamite Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit II') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' foliage

Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' foliage

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This attractive ornamental shrub or small tree produces volumes of deep red frilly blooms in summer, followed by vibrant orange-red fall foliage; captivating focal point for the garden or border; also good for container planting

Ornamental Features

Dynamite Crapemyrtle is draped in stunning panicles of red frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn orange in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Dynamite Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Dynamite Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Dynamite Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features