Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle 'Ebony Flame'


Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Ebony Flame
Additional cultivar information:(PPAF; aka Black Diamond Best Red, JBN1206)
Hybridized by USNA
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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Patent applied for/pending

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Cibolo, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Tyler, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 18, 2014, dollbaby from Cibolo, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love my Ebony Flame, I also have the Ebony Glow . They make a beautiful combination.


On Jun 11, 2013, HalleckHort from Dallas, TX wrote:

Crapemyrtle 'Ebony Flame' was initially released by the USDA, but is produced and marketed in the trade by J. Berry Nursery as part of the BLACK DIAMOND series. There are 5 colors in the series:

Black Diamond 'Best Red'
Black Diamond 'Crimson Red'
Black Diamond 'Red Hot'
Black Diamond 'Blush'
Black Diamond 'Pure White'

Personally, the 'Pure White' is my favorite, as the contrast between the black foliage and white blooms is stunning.

The Black Diamonds are intermediate in their growth habit, or semi-dwarfs. They grow to approximately 10 to 12 tall and 8' wide. Gorgeous black foliage will emerge in early spring and persist until late fall on all 5 varieties in the series. The large, bright blooms will emerge in lat... read more


On Apr 28, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating N as brand new in my garden. Mine will be planted inground, part sun. However, it is recommended it be planted in full sun for best display of dark foliage. Red blooms from late spring to fall.

When I first got the plant, I noticed two tags. One said. l. Ebony Flame, and the other said Black Diamond Best Red. Some research led me to a notice that said this plant was introduced by Univ of MS. How and when Black Diamond comes into the picture, I don't know. There is supposed to be a white, a blush, a crimson red and the dark red.

UPDATE 2017: changed rating to positive as continues to grow well. it is not as full as it s/b b/c I'm training it as a standard.