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

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Also sold as:
Black Diamondâ„¢ Best Red (JBN1206)

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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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A History of the Crepe MyrtleA History of the Crepe Myrtle
By dave, July 14, 2015

Standing on a thin carpet of fallen blooms, with a canopy of color above me, I immediately fell in love with the Crepe Myrtle tree, and since then have set out to collect them all.

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Location: Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TexasDate: 2015-06-26
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Location: Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TexasDate: 2015-06-26
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Comments:
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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Plant Logs from our members
gwenmason On September 3, 2016 Transplanted
2 put in the XL pots in back yard
flaflwrgrl On June 1, 2016 Bloomed
Approx. date.
flaflwrgrl On March 1, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
Approx. date broke dormancy
flaflwrgrl On October 15, 2015 Obtained plant
Won in NARR from Plant me Green.
dave On April 3, 2015 Seeds germinated
dave On March 25, 2015 Seeds sown
dave On January 15, 2015 Maintenance performed
Started stratification. Put seeds mixed with vermiculite into a ziplock bag, moistened, sealed, and placed in the refrigerator.
dave On October 3, 2012 Obtained plant
Obtained from Arbor Gate nursery in Texas.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Great news! Parentage support has been added across the whole DB by dave Jan 20, 2014 5:52 PM 39
Black Diamond Crepe Myrtle by Gramyahelen Oct 11, 2013 4:37 PM 1
Request to buy a photo by valleylynn Oct 7, 2013 11:12 AM 21

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