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Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame') in the Crepe Myrtles Database

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

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Red
Flower Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Inflorescence Type: Panicle
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: nectar & pollen gathering insects
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Division
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Parentage: ((Whit VII x Arapaho) x Chocolate Mocha)

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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: 2012-10-05
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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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Growers Report from dave - Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
On April 3, 2015 Seeds germinated
On March 25, 2015 Seeds sown
On January 15, 2015 Maintenance performed
Started stratification. Put seeds mixed with vermiculite into a ziplock bag, moistened, sealed, and placed in the refrigerator.
On October 3, 2012 Obtained plant
Obtained from Arbor Gate nursery in Texas.
Related threads from our forums:
Crepe Myrtle Ask a Question forum
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Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle Ask a Question forum
Black Diamond Crape Mytrle Ask a Question forum

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