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Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle

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Ebony Fire Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia x 'Ebony Fire'

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 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

Ebony Fire is an exciting new Crape Myrtle hybrid that has the darkest black leaves we've seen on any Crape Myrtle, or any other shrub or tree for that matter! During summer and into fall, Ebony Fire is smothered with bright crimson red flowers that contrast stunningly with the intense black leaves, which hold their color all season long. Ebony Fire is a mid-size Crape Myrtle with a fast rate of growth to 10-12 feet in height with a spread of about 6-8 feet - the perfect size flowering tree for today's smaller gardens!



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 10-12 feet tall depending on pruning, and 6-8 feet or so wide, Ebony Fire 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:  5' for solid hedge; 10' for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Ebony Fire 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

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity: 10-12'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  5' for solid hedges; 10'+ for space between
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Bushy, Rounded Canopy
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Crimson Red
Flowering Period:  Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in rounded clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Black
Fall Foliage Color:  Black
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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