Lagerstromia indica 'PIILAG-1' Diamond Dazzle ( tm )
very impressive new
introduction from Plant Introductions Inc., 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 pure white
in color. Nice compact growth habit, with dense, dark foliage. A
typical ten year old Diamond Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle is about 18"
tall by about 3 feet wide, and covered in white flowers starting in mid
July. 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: 2 ft
--Mature Width: 3 - 4 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 - very dense & compact small oval shaped leaves
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Loaded with tons of pure white 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.