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The Crepe Myrtles Database: Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame')

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Also sold as:
Black Diamond™ Best Red (JBN1206)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 10 - 12 feet
Plant Spread: 8 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Type: Panicle
Uses: Flowering Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Miscellaneous: Drought tolerant
Parentage: (Whit VII x Arapaho)


Solving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle SeriesSolving the Mystery of the Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Series
By dave, August 2, 2013

This newly introduced Crepe Myrtle exploded onto the scene last year and had everyone talking about it. But is this really a new variety, or an older, already existing variety that has been repackaged and rebranded? I investigated the situation, and what I found will surprise you.

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-10-05Not a great photo, for sure.
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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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