Garden Talk

with Rebecca Jordi

Q: What can you tell me about the Dynamite® crape myrtles?

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Red Rocket Crape MyrtleA:  Dynamite ® crape myrtles are the red flowering plants.  So dramatic and beautiful, they have become a favorite in the landscape since the late 1990s.  The original Dynamite ® (trademarked as Whit II) tree grows to over 12 feet tall but there are dwarf varieties which only get to about 4 feet tall such as Petite Red Imp™, Monimp™, and Tightwad Red®, Whit V™ and Victor.  Other crape myrtle trees with red flowers can grow to heights of 4 to 10 feet such as Cheyenne (from the U.S. National Arboretum), Christiana which flowers earlier than most other selections, Siren Red® with the trademarked name of Whit VII and Tonto. Other red flowering crape myrtle trees growing over 12 feet tall are Arapaho (from the U.S. National Arboretum), Centennial Spirit, Red Rocket® (trademarked name of Whit IV).  Some of these varieties may provide us with better disease resistance – especially those from the National Arboretum. For more complete information look over the University of Florida publication on red crape myrtles:    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep256

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

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