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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Sep 14, 2014 3:43 PM CST
Have any of you grown the beautiful Black Diamond Series of Crepe Myrtle? I have just bought 4 this year. I think they are breathtaking. I got two of the best red, one red hot and one white one. I am wondering if they will always keep these beautiful black leaves, I sure hope so. They are stunning!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 14, 2014 3:51 PM CST

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We grow it and love it. The black foliage is amazing. Note that 'Black Diamond' is a trade name and the actual name of this plant is Ebony Flame.

Here is our database entry for it:

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame')
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 14, 2014 4:17 PM CST
Yes Dave, I did read that somewhere. But I could not find out if they stay black. How long have you had yours, and are they staying black??
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 14, 2014 4:47 PM CST

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I've had mine for 2 years now and they are as black now as the day I got them.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Sep 14, 2014 5:59 PM CST
That's what I wanted to hear! Yes sir! Thx.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 14, 2014 8:54 PM CST

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I tip my hat to you.
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 19, 2014 8:38 PM CST
WOW it is even saying it is hardy for my area. I will keep a lookout for that one.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 20, 2014 4:56 AM CST
Beautiful! Guess I "need" at least one of those. Smiling
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 20, 2014 6:28 AM CST
I think they are stunning. The red & white blooms just pop against the black leaves
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 20, 2014 6:50 AM CST
I'm definitely going to plant one. No one in my neighborhood has one of these, but since you are also a Tennessean, I can see that it will prosper. Smiling
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 20, 2014 12:46 PM CST
I found mine at Lowes. Not all the lowes stores had them though, but they may have them by now. I got mine a month ago
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Sep 21, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Great. I'll try to check there if it's not too late in the season.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2014 11:06 AM CST
I just placed an on-line order for a Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Flame')

Can't wait for it to arrive ... I've been wanting one since seeing Dave's photo in the database!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 21, 2014 12:22 PM CST
Here is an online retailer if you can't find any locally:
http://www.plantmegreen.com/search?q=black+diamond

This retailer is in our Green Pages.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2014 12:55 PM CST
That's where I ordered mine ... along with two other plants! Green Grin!
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Sep 21, 2014 1:04 PM CST
Uh oh, looks like I got something started, lol. They are beautiful. In keeping with their ebony leaves, I planted near them a Black Lace Elderberry that has leaves like those fancy lace leaved Japanese maples, but the leaves are black like the Black Diamond or Ebony series crep Myrtles. Found this sweet elderberry on clearance at Lowes for $3, my kind of sale! See my pix
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The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2014 1:12 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said: http://www.plantmegreen.com/search?q=black+diamond This retailer is in our Green Pages.
There are no reviews yet for Plant Me Green but I decided to order anyway ... I'll be sure to leave feedback soon.

~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 21, 2014 1:36 PM CST
What else did you order LIn?
@plantladylin

I plan on making an order in a couple weeks. Osmanthus fragrans & most likely some Crepes & I don't know what else. Whistling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Sep 21, 2014 1:42 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:What else did you order LIn?
Besides the Crepe Myrtle Black Diamond 'Best Red'/'Ebony Flame' I also ordered a Rhododendron austrinum and Itea virginica. Don't know if either will do well here but I figured I'd give them a try. Smiling
~ Eat, Sleep .... Play in the dirt ~
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 21, 2014 1:51 PM CST
Sounds good Lin. Thumbs up

It's great you got something started Donna! Big Grin

And since I just remembered this might trigger an email to you every time someone posts....... I'll get out of the way now & not clog up your inbox.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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