Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame') in the Crepe Myrtles Database
Also sold as:
| Black Diamond™ Best Red (JBN1206)
General Plant Information (Edit)
|Minimum cold hardiness:
||Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
|Maximum recommended zone:
||10 - 12 feet
||Good fall color
Blooms on new wood
||Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
||Provides winter interest
Other Beneficial Insects: nectar & pollen gathering insects
||Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium.
|Propagation: Other methods:
||Not suitable for containers
||Tolerates poor soil
||((Whit VII x Arapaho) x Chocolate Mocha)
|Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Oct 3, 2012 7:42 PM
The foliage has the blackest leaves I've ever seen on a plant, and the blooms on this one are red like Dynamite or Red Rocket.
I think this is going to be a very popular crepe myrtle. Mildew tolerance, cold resistance and general vigor are yet to be determined.
-- Edited on July 26, 2013 to add that the breeder of this cultivar contacted me to let me know that the Black Diamond cultivars are in fact the Ebony series bred by Dr. Cecil Pounders of the USDA-ARS. For more information, see this thread: The thread "Black Diamond Crape Mytrle" in Ask a Question forum
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Growers Report from dave - Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
|On April 3, 2015
|On March 25, 2015
|On January 15, 2015
Started stratification. Put seeds mixed with vermiculite into a ziplock bag, moistened, sealed, and placed in the refrigerator.
|On October 3, 2012
Obtained from Arbor Gate nursery in Texas.
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