Crape myrtle Black Diamond

Crape myrtle Black Diamond

August 8, 2013

J. Berry Nursery
New Varieties

Black Diamond is a revolutionary new series of crape myrtles with spectacular black foliage and five brilliant flower colors to choose from. The stunning black foliage emerges in early spring and lasts until leaves drop at the first hard frost. They are all you ever wanted in a Loropetalum, but with better blooms. Planted in full sun, plants hold their stunning dark foliage color over the entire growing season and bloom late-spring through late-fall. Reaching only 10- to 12-feet tall, these semi-dwarfs are perfect for urban landscapes, small spaces and containers. 

The BLACK DIAMOND Crape myrtles were bred by a USDA research scientist and feature five vivid color selections including ‘Best Red’, ‘Crimson Red’, ‘Red Hot’, ‘Blush’, and ‘Pure White’. In field trials, BLACK DIAMOND™  plants showed an improved resistance to both powdery mildew and leaf spot; fungal diseases that can be a problem for most crapemyrtles.

Retailers/Wholesalers: Plants are currently grown and distributed by J Berry Nursery (Texas) to home improvement stores and garden centers in: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas and are expanding to additional regions. Simpson Nurseries (Florida), who partners with J. Berry Nursery, ships to Florida, Nashville, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.