Just planted me THREE trees in July, about 8 ft tall each. They are starting to bud and seems to be doing wonderful. A friend of ours has huge Crape Mrytles and takes REALLY great care of them. She called me yesterday and told me IF I WANTED THEM TO GET BUSHING AT THE TOPS to REALLY trim off the branches...leaving about 5 inches on each limb. I've seen hers and REALLY ARE FULL on the tops. Problem is...I'M SCARED!!!!!! Any suggestions????
As Jimmy Walker used to say: "DY-NO_MITE!!" Where did you get these Dave? We have a row of trees at the cemetery where I work and every other tree (not the same species) have died. I am trying to get them to replace them with Crepe Myrtles and these would be great.
By the way, do you still want some Dutch Iris, the ones comonly called Blue Flags? I am getting ready to dig up a huge bunch and divide. E-mail me with your addy.
woodspirit: I got these from a little nursery in Fredericksburg, Texas. We purchased it this past June. It's a patented variety from Whit and is a little expensive. I paid $25 I think for this specimen (3 gallon, I think).
It is indeed the deepest red we've ever seen, and this is why we bought it :) We already have no less than 50 crepe myrtles, but a pure red one simply could not be passed up. :)
CDauphinet: trimming crepe myrtles isn't rocket science. Just do it in the winter when they are completely dormant (I do it in January). Prune off all branches that are the size of a pencil or smaller. If you have to use a saw, then that's crepe murder. :) Use scissors or little snippers.
I purchased my "Dynamite" from Michael Dirr's "Noble Plants Store" on the internet. It was small but has grown to be about 4 feet tall in 1 year and is blooming its young heart out. Its great! The foliage is very beautiful as well.
CDauphinet, I agree with your friend. I murder my myrtles every year in October as soon as they stop blooming and look ragged. I live in a warm zone though. Then they lie dormant till spring. I take them down by 2/3s. A brutal trim. Unfortunately, I planted a huge variety, 2 in fact, in my front yard (a bush and a standard) and the bush one gets too huge each summer no matter how severely I prune it.
I have read about not pruning them severely but to tell the truth all the ones I see that are not pruned, end up with small terminal panicles. Mine are huge! Up to 2 feet long and almost as wide. every year I am amazed at how much fuller and how huge my blooms are compared to all those around me. I have read that the natural shape of a crape myrtle tree is ruined with severe pruning. This is probably true, but I go for the explosion of color.
I just finally found a 5 gallon Dynamite. I have 18 different colors now. I just love them! Most of the reds I see are not really red or even close to it. I just bought 3 more bushes and 3 more standards the other day. I just love the colors they come in and by the time they explode into color, my garden as well as myself need a color burst boost!
I have 3 of these planted among my Crepe Myrtles. It was strange the first time they bloomed as they looked white at first opeing and deepen to that lucious red after. They are getting ready to bloom soon. My white myrtle is starting to bloom now and a few others have flower heads forming. I saw the red at a local nursery and could not resist it.
Beautiful color. I was going to start some this year and another member from here in Iowa said they just won't winter over here in zone 5, so I figured I might as well not waste my money...but there is still that little bit of me that wants to try it.
I am so glad I read all these comments! I am a newbie to plantings and such, I planted my Dynamite 2 yrs ago and it still isn't full! I didn't know to prune it after the blooming season! I will be sure to do that come winter! Thanks