Close up of Dynamite Lagerstroemia bloom
photo of Dr. Carl Whitcomb

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Dr. Carl Whitcomb
Stillwater, OK



Lagerstroemia indica

'Whit II'

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Close up of Dynamite Lagerstroemia bloom
  • Red flowers
  • Disease resistant
  • Heat tolerant

The first true red tree-form crapemyrtle! Dynamite® crapemyrtle produces cherry red flowers even in full sun and hot conditions. It is both drought and mildew resistant. Best in consistently moist soil and full sun.

USDA Zone 7 - 10 (0°F/-17°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 10 - 15'

Width 10 - 15'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Red

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Moist, well drained soils are best, but crapemyrtle is widely adaptable, including to compacted urban soils.

Pruning Blooms on new wood. Pruning depends on the plant's role in the landscape, however, these large, tree-like crapemyrtles are best pruned only to develop an appealing form. Regular pruning or cutting back should generally be avoided.

Uses Specimen plant; hedging; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Boasts handsome bark and excellent fall color in addition to flowers. Can be grown multi- or single stemmed.