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Crape Myrtle - Cherry Dazzle (tm) Dwarf / Size 1
Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle


 
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*Availability Status: Winter Dormancy - Estimated Avail. Mid Spring 2019
*Average Plant Shipping Size: 4" - 7" tall / Quart size rootball

*No Shipments to California, Alaska, or Hawaii

Our Price: $11.95

Product Code: MYRCDZ1

  
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Lagerstromia indica 'GAMAD I' Cherry Dazzle ( tm )


Overall Description

A recent introduction from Dr. Michael Dirr's breeding program at the University of Georgia, this truly dwarf crape myrtle has been selected for its flower color, brilliant foliage, mildew resistance, vigor, and nice compact growth habit. Flowers begin in July, and are bright cherry red in color. Nice prostrate growth habit, with dense, dark foliage. New growth is an orange / red color maturing to nice deep, dark green - has a nice burgundy red fall color as well. All these new Razzle Dazzle Series crape myrtles are an excellent choice for those fans of crape myrtles out there who just don't have the space required for the larger varieties. Now even smaller, limited space landscapes can benefit from the beauty that comes with a crape myrtle in full bloom!!


Removal of expired flower heads will oftentimes prolong & increase the duration of blooms - sometimes well into early October in many areas of the country. Yearly pruning should be performed - typically in either early fall, or in very late winter ( just before bud break in the spring ). We recommend pruning branches back to the point where they are the diameter of approximately 1/2" - 3/4" on more established specimens .......Certainly no larger in diameter than 3/4". Pruning will be much less in very young, or dwarf specimens, for the first 2 - 3 seasons. Yearly pruning will spur additional branching habit the following season which, in turn, will spur on a maximum amount of blooms year after year since blooms are always produced at the ends of the current years' new growth. This is one of the main reason we suggest removal of old expired blooms to help prolong production of new blooms.


Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height:
3 ft

--Mature Width:
3 - 5 ft

--Growth Rate:
Moderate ( 6" - 8" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones
:
7 - 10
As with all Crape Myrtles, will suffer branch dieback at temps below 15 degrees.

--Sun Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade - blooms best in full sun.

--Soil Preference:
Average to slightly moist & fertile - well drained.

--Foliage Color & Texture:
Good dark green foliage - new growth has a slight reddish orange tinge, maturing into a nice deep green. Fall color is a burgundy red color.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Loaded with tons of cherry red
blooms typically starting in July, and lasting well into the latter part of September. Blooms leave behind a 1/4"- 1/2" diameter seed capsule which will oftentimes persist all the way through winter. Each seed capsule consists of 6 individual "compartments" - each contains many long, winged seeds.

--Diseases / Insects:
Powdery mildew, black spot, sooty mold, tip blight, leaf spot (Cercospora spp. are the causal agents), Botryosphaeria canker, root rot, aphids, Japanese beetle, Asian ambrosia beetle and Florida wax scale are all problems that have been reported with Crape Myrtles. The most common problems encountered are powdery mildew, black spot, and aphids. Regular inspections, and treatments ( when necessary ), should be performed periodically throughout the growing season, so as to not allow any serious problems to take hold.

--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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