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Delta Flame Crape Myrtle
Delta Flame is a mid-size Crape Myrtle with a fast rate of growth to 8-12 feet in height with a spread of about 4-6 feet - the perfect size flowering tree for today's smaller gardens! more details below!

Delta Flame Crape Myrtle

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Delta Flame Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Delec'


USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Crape Myrtle is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Delta Flame Crape Myrtle is an exciting new hybrid from the Southern Living Plant Collection that holds up to that flowering standard of crape myrtle, packing a punch when it is smothered during summer with bright red flowers. But, what makes it truly one of a kind is the deep maroon foliage that holds its color all season long. Delta Flame is a mid-size Crape Myrtle with a fast rate of growth to 8-12 feet in height with a spread of about 4-6 feet - the perfect size flowering tree for today's smaller gardens!



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 8-12 feet tall depending on pruning, and 4-6 feet or so wide, Delta Flame Crape Myrtle is an ideal selection for smaller garden spaces, and containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree, making it an excellent choice for use as a specimen or accent in sunny home foundation plantings or landscape borders. Also makes a very colorful hedge and is spectacular in groupings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one plant that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  4' for solid hedge; 8' for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Delta Flame Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow. It is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. A moist but well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. Light shade is tolerated but flowering will be diminished in more shade. Has shown excellent resistance to powdery mildew and is quite drought tolerant when established.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Crape Myrtle trees.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  8-12'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  4' for solid hedges; 8'+ for space in between
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy, Rounded Canopy
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Intense Red
Flowering Period:  Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Burgundy
Fall Foliage Color:  Reddish Purple
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Light Brown
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat



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