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LAGERSTROEMIA (RASPBERRY DAZZLE®)

Image of Lagerstroemia 'Gamad II' (RASPBERRY DAZZLE®) PP17216

McCorkle Nurseries, Inc.; Gardener's Confidence Collection

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA 'Gamad II'(RASPBERRY DAZZLE®) PP17216

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Crapemyrtle, Raspberry Dazzle Dwarf Crapemyrtle

General Description

The colorful and compact Raspberry Dazzle™ crapemyrtle is a deciduous shrub that offers bold raspberry-red blossoms from midsummer to early fall. Its attractive dark-green leaves are held on upright stems and turn burnished shades in fall. This cultivar was selected by Michael Dirr in 2002 out of approximately 2,000 open-pollinated Lagerstroemia ‘Pocomoke’ seedlings.

Crapemyrtle is a heat-loving deciduous shrub that originates from Asia. It is best known for its large clusters of brightly colored blooms that appear at its branch tips in summer. Raspberry Dazzle™ is a dwarf, mounding shrub with a spreading habit. It is mildew resistant, vigorous and has dull orange and gray-purple exfoliating bark that provides winter interest.

Tough and drought tolerant, this crapemyrtle thrives in full sun and withstands drought well once established. It is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soil types, though slightly acid to neutral soils are preferred. Most crapemyrtles can withstand the aerosol salt and sandy soils of the oceanside. Conduct optional pruning on the branch tips after the initial summer flowering to coax a potential second flowering. Cutting back the plant severely in late winter appropriately rejuvenates this small shrub crapemyrtle.

Raspberry Dazzle™ crapemyrtle is ideal for foundation plantings, mixed borders or large containers. It is pretty, easy to grow and offers big summer color when many other garden ornamentals are waning.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Red, Orange

  • Bark Color

    Purple, Orange

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No