Ask a Question forum: Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle (Black Diamond)

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Easley, SC (Zone 7b)
dustind8721
Jul 26, 2017 3:16 PM CST
I have two ebony fire crape myrtles, both planted along a fence, however one gets slightly more daytime shade. Overall the one that is shadier has more new growth on it than the other, but I have one major concern. The new growth on the more shaded plant appears to be green, rather than red/black. The growth on the sunnier plant appears to be more red/black. Is something off about my soil in one location that may be producing green leaves instead of the red/black or do the leaves turn red/black after they grow? I just planted the trees about 1-2 months ago and they went into some shock but have begun recovering.

Thank you in advance for any tips you can provide!!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jul 26, 2017 3:36 PM CST

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I see that sometimes with my own black crepe myrtles. The new growth will vary betweens reds and dark greens, but by the time the leaves are full size they always end up black.
Easley, SC (Zone 7b)
dustind8721
Jul 26, 2017 3:52 PM CST
dave said:I see that sometimes with my own black crepe myrtles. The new growth will vary betweens reds and dark greens, but by the time the leaves are full size they always end up black.


Thanks Dave! I was a bit concerned but since the plant is completely new to me (actually gardening in general is new to me) that I was overreacting.

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