FOTD: Red Crap Myrtle’s

July in South Louisiana means Crape Myrta’s are a bloom . The fallen flowers are worth the hassle . Join me here


Wild crape myrtles from Southeast Asia have flower colors ranging from white to pale lavender to watermelon-pink. Gardeners have long sought crape myrtles with clearer and more intense flower colors, but true red flowers have always been elusive. Finally in 1997, after years of intense breeding, Dr. Carl Whitcomb introduced Dynamite®, the first crape myrtle with true red flowers.

Dynamite® was widely acclaimed for its red flowers and became hugely popular, inspiring searches for more red crape myrtle varieties. Following this, Dr. Whitcomb and other breeders continued to introduce new selections with true red flower color.

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