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PlantFiles: Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite'

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Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dynamite

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5 vendors have this plant for sale.

28 members have or want this plant for trade.

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Red

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Bronze-Green

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

16 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral cargarden On Aug 19, 2012, cargarden from Goodview, MN wrote:

I seen how beautiful these are & had to have one I am always trying different plants that are not in my area MN weather, I was wondering has anyone kept one in a large pot & brought it in the winter or did it do ok in zone 4 but actually zone 5-6 weather has changed here this year of course will see this winter. Have had good luck on some plants that are not of this zone. Thank you

Positive silverfox59 On Aug 3, 2012, silverfox59 from Davidson, NC wrote:

I planted two of these plants in Sept of 2010. They looked puney until this year. These plants had a set back earlier this year. In late April we had a freeze that killed about everything. The new growth turned black so about a week later I trimmed them back. By early July the foliage had exploded. I use them in front of Japanese red cedar and the contrast is awesome. Hopefully I will be able to find more this fall as I expand a screening on one side of my property.

Positive dennyboy34 On Sep 1, 2011, dennyboy34 from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Planted a small one in the fall of '10 in Zone 6. It survived a nasty cold and snowy NY winter with only a few dead branches. This tree does not leaf out until May, well after everything else. This tree grows on its own schedule not in sync with what you would expect in the spring. Looks kind of odd (and even dead) in the yard with everything else in bloom in the spring when it has no leaves. Almost cut it down because of this, but I gave it some more time. It finally leafed out and growed vigorously starting in May. It also flowers late - you have to wait until August. Well worth the wait though. Some flowers open up white, but quickly turn the signature red color.

Positive WVTropics On Jul 11, 2011, WVTropics from Martinsburg, WV wrote:

This is the second year that I have had this plant in my garden. Martinsburg is in a borderline 6b/7a zone. It is planted in the open yard in full sun. It is slow to leaf out in the spring, but grows vigorously. Flowering occurs later than other crepe myrtles in the area, but the flowers are a gorgeous deep red.

Positive RonDEZone7a On Jun 8, 2011, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have 4 of these planted around my front lawn and all have done very well. After 5 years in the ground, they are now putting on some size and really look spectacular when in bloom. I am in Delaware (Zone 7a) and have had no problems with mildew or winter damage.

Positive DisHammerhand On Jul 24, 2010, DisHammerhand from Fontana, CA wrote:

The color of this one has to be seen to be believed. It is a rich dark true red.

I laid some rubber while passing Lowe's last year when I saw them taking them off the truck. I turned in a bought a five gallon. They were gone in a day.

I've had it for a year. It looks healthy but hasn't grown much but who cares? It is so red!

Positive drorakp On Sep 25, 2009, drorakp from Fair Lawn, NJ wrote:

I have just received a crape myrtle plant that I had ordered a long time ago. Can anyone please advise if I should plant it now or leave it in a pot and wait until spring? I live in North Bergen County, Zone 6. A few neighbors have beautiful looking myrtles in their yards.
thanks - drora.

Positive jerry31557 On May 30, 2009, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:

This plant as well as all Crepe Myrtles do propagate by seed.

Positive slrob On Apr 9, 2009, slrob from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

Purchased from small local nursery last summer. Deep true red blooms instead of the more pink magenta looking colors I found at Lowe's and Home Depot. I'm anxiously awaiting its first blooms this year!

Positive djam On Aug 14, 2008, djam from Jupiter, FL wrote:

I bought this standard upright plant at Lowes two years ago. They were taking it off the delivery truck and only one was available .Its flame red caught my eye immediately and I took posession of it , it didnt have a price tag on it. By the time I got to the checkout counter I had numerous people admiring it and two persons wanting to buy it from me. I thought that I would have problems with mildew here in humid south Florida, but I did'nt. I fertilize it with rose fertilizer in april and June and let nature take its course. I remove any lower shoots to keep it a standard and I clip off the flower stem after flowering. What a" looker" it is.

Positive jeanh23 On Jul 25, 2008, jeanh23 from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Beautiful red flowers (almost dark red) with NO HINT of pink. This is its first year, and the end of every shoot is covered in buds. No mildew or disease.

Positive shortleaf On Feb 4, 2008, shortleaf from suburban K.C., MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought a Crepe Myrtle 'Dynamite' from Lowes, so I thought "what the heck I'll try it", I kept the receipt within reach because I was skeptical that it would make it thru the Winter.
Well, all early and mid Spring I thought, "there it went, time for the refund" but lo and behold around June 15th it started sprouting from the base, I couldn't believe it.
And it put on a show too! For a long time it had many pretty red flowers, I would guess for nearly 3 months it bloomed, until early October if memory serves. I'll post a pic of it Sept 23rd 07' when it was still blooming beautifully. You can see in the pic how much it died back. It used to be a much taller plant where-ever it was grown at. And sorry about the weeds, I'll get them pulled out of there better this year (it even has weed fabric underneath). Here its but a mere small shrub, which is fine its still beautiful. But more northern growers of it like myself have to remember it will never mature very big at all.
Will

Positive springrunfarm On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:

Here in southeastern PA, it is best sited along a south facing wall. Out in the open yard it has died back, but along the south wall it grows to 6-8' each year, then cut back to 4' in spring. Nice red flowers - BUT, if the flowers are opening during cloudy weather, or if planted in too much shade, they can be off-color (some white florets).

Neutral wrightie On Sep 19, 2007, wrightie from Metro DC, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine does not bloom until August / September.

Positive passiflora_pink On Apr 23, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Withstands Alabama heat and humidity. A traffic stopper in the summertime.

Negative DayBloomer On Aug 8, 2006, DayBloomer from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have seen this plant growing in Virginia and it was starting to bloom white, like it is reverting back or something.

Positive Cactuseater On Jun 7, 2006, Cactuseater from Austin, TX wrote:

Does anyone know what the differences are between the Dynamite and Red Rocket varieties? My father in-law really likes the red crepe myrtles, and we're getting them for him on father's day. He's pretty particular, though. Most important to him is probably the color. Is one of these more of a "true red" than the other?
If anyone knows, I'd really appreciatre it. Thanks!

Positive Kachinagirl On Jan 13, 2004, Kachinagirl from Modesto, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hey Carolmac7, be sure to update us on how it does with humidity. Here in CA humidity is low so I don't have problems with powdery mildew. I bought 2, a multi branch and a standard. My other lagers are 'Indian Tribes' varieties, hybridized for disease and pest resistance. Finally, a red lager that is red-red, not orange-red! And the blooms are large! Now......if the hybridizers would only come out with a dwarf (24"), evergreen, red-leaved, white-flowering plant.............

Positive carolmac7 On Jan 13, 2004, carolmac7 from Lake Charles, LA wrote:

Beautiful red full flowering with dark green foilage...planted 20 down the driveway with great success.
Our only regret is that this one loses its foilage earlier than other varieties.
Projected height 12 to 15 ft. We planted them 12 ft apart.
Very hardy in our area.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Van Buren, Arkansas
Chico, California
Clovis, California
Fairview, California
Fontana, California
Fresno, California
Lake Nacimiento, California
Modesto, California
Paradise, California
Sacramento, California
San Leandro, California
Susanville, California
Union City, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Gainesville, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Micanopy, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Blackshear, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Patterson, Georgia
Aurora, Indiana
Vevay, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Covington, Louisiana
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Logansport, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
Scott, Louisiana
College Park, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Independence, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri
Saint Joseph, Missouri
Saint Peters, Missouri
Henderson, Nevada
Pennsauken, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
La Luz, New Mexico
Yonkers, New York
Davidson, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Washington, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Johns Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Spring City, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dickinson, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Keller, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (4 reports)
Tyler, Texas
Whitehouse, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas
Sandy, Utah
Arlington, Virginia
Dutton, Virginia
Gainesville, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Martinsburg, West Virginia



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