Cherry Dazzle® part of the Razzle Dazzle® series of dwarf crape myrtles will give you all the best qualities of a crape myrtle in a compact shape with enhanced disease resistance and cold heartiness. These compact crape myrtles are a very fast growing shrub that fills with gorgeous clusters of bright red blooms from July to September, and both beautiful, hearty, and very drought resistant once established.
The blooms of a crape myrtle are a magnificent display that attract flocks of hummingbirds and butterflies through the summer months. These red crape myrtles produce 4” to 6” clusters of red flowers that can last for many weeks or even months. The leaves of crape myrtles are a unique glossy red/green. compared to other crape myrtles the Cherry Dazzle is slower growing, but can reach 3 to 5 feet if not pruned.
Cherry Dazzle keeps a shrub like form, which makes it perfect for a shrub border, a backdrop in front of a fence, lining a drive, or planting on the corner of a house.
|Bloom Period:||Mid to late summer|
|Fall Color:||Orange and red with hints of yellow|
|Foliage Color:||Green with red/orange highlights|
|Genus & Species:||Lagerstroemia 'Gamad I' PP #16,917|
|Mature Height:||3 to 5 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||3 to 5 ft.|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil; crape myrtles are drought tolerant|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun|
|Zone:||6a to 10|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Crape Myrtles - Lagerstroemia
Once established, crape myrtles become quite drought tolerant. They can do just as well in dry sandy soil as they do in moist well-draining soil and are fast growing often putting on two feet or more of new growth in a single season. When caring for crape myrtles it is important to understand that they often remain dormant well into the spring (or early summer), especially in cooler climates after being transplanted. Once the root system establishes, the crape myrtle will reliably emerge sooner, but still leafs out late in the spring compared to other trees. Cold weather is detrimental to crape myrtle trees, so when planting in zone 6 it is recommend to plant out of the winter wind if possible. Heavy mulching of 3-4 inches will protect the roots of a crape myrtle in the winter. If a winter is particularly harsh, the crape myrtle may lose branches or parts of its trunk, but if the root system is protected, it will sprout new branches and keep a more shrub-like form.