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Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle
One of the most stunningly colorful summer-flowering shrubs in our gardens, the deep green foliage of Cherry Dazzle becomes literally smothered with bright cherry-red flower clusters in summer. More details below

Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle

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Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia hybrid 'Gamad 1'

Developed by the Michael Dirr Breeding Program at the University of Georgia, 'Cherry Dazzle' is one of our favorites out of the Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle Series. One of the most stunningly colorful summer-flowering shrubs in our gardens, the deep green foliage of Cherry Dazzle becomes literally smothered with bright cherry-red flower clusters in summer. Truly a sight to behold. Another fine attribute is the handsome burgundy-red fall foliage.

Growing 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, Cherry Dazzle Crape is an ideal selection as an accent or specimen in smaller garden spaces or as a stand alone in containers, which can conveniently be brought indoors for overwintering by those of you who garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a. In larger landscape spaces Cherry Dazzle is outstanding in small to large groupings or as a colorful hedge.

Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtles are exceptionally easy to grow and maintain when planted right and in the right spot. They're not too picky about soil type however prefer a well-drained soil and as much sun as you can give them. They are very low maintenance requiring no pruning to keep a nice shape. That said, spent flowers can be removed to encourage a possible second flush of flowers. A light pruning before leaves emerge in early spring can help to maintain a more dense shrub. When established, plants are quite drought tolerant; only requiring supplemental water during prolonged dry periods during summer. As with all other crape myrtle, deer won't touch the Dazzles. You'll find more tips under the Planting and Care tabs on this page. Another nice attribute is the burgundy-red fall foliage.

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  Find Your Zone >  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  3' for solid hedge;  6'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Rounded
Flower Color:  Bright Red
Flower Size:  Medium size clusters
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Mildew


It's smaller size makes Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle a great choice for smaller garden spaces where larger crape myrtle trees won't fit.  Plant them in the sunny landscape as a specimen or in groups for an outstanding show of color. Also great in containers, planters and pots.

Other Landscape / Garden Uses: Containers/Planters, Flowering Shrub Border, Focal Point, Groupings, Hedges, Home Foundation Plantings, Landscape Borders, Specimen, Sunny Woodland Border

Theme Gardens: Cottage Gardens, Perennial Gardens, Rock Gardens, Xeriscape Gardens (Low Water needs)

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5 Stars
Very satisfied
I received my Cherry Dazzle Crape Myrtle very quickly. It was packaged extremely well and was a VERY healthy looking plant. When I opened the box it had a bunch of tiny white looking buds on it. I looked at the tag to see if they shipped the Cherry Dazzle and that's what the label said. I waited a few days and watched it and they still appeared "white". At that point I emailed them and asked if it should have white buds on it. They responded quickly and said they went in the field and some of theirs appeared that way also. They told me if it did turn out to be white when the blooms fully opened they would send me another one at no charge. When the blooms opened it was indeed cherry red and I love it. I am very satisfied with the plant and the service. -------- WBG Response: Hi Julie - Thanks much for your review and compliments! I heard from our staff about the "white buds" on the Cherry Dazzles. I'm thinking the bud color could've been due to cooler temps and lack of sunlight when the flower buds were forming. On rare occasion, when red crape myrtle flowers open during cool, cloudy weather, instead of opening red, they can open white. In 2013 this happened to our entire crop of Dynamite Crape Myrtles. Kind of freaked us all out because we knew 100% for sure they were Dynamites. Anyway, am glad to hear the buds on yours opened to red flowers:-) Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Georgia. on 9/3/2017
5 Stars
This 3 gallon plant arrived as described-well packed and well watered. Although it was small--and I was told that it was-- it was healthy . Since being planted, it is putting on new leaves. I hope it will bloom this summer. Very happy with this purchase.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 4/26/2017
5 Stars
Great looking plant
I was a little nervous about ordering a plant on the internet but since I live in a small town not near a nursery I had no choice. Plant arrived in great condition and looks very healthy. I like how you put staples in the box that held the container in place so the plant isn't crushed during transit. Very smart. I look forward to seeing the flowers on this plant next summer.
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Reviewed by:  from Harrisonburg, VA. on 12/23/2016
5 Stars
Fantastic landscaping solution
We love crape myrtle and have six towering Natchez Crape Myrtles at least 40' tall. As we landscaped our yard, we wanted the same crape myrtle look but on a smaller scale. The Razzle Dazzles are the perfect answer. The low-growing, perfectly shaped plants are perfect in our garden.
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Reviewed by:  from Austin, TX. on 2/1/2016

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