Location: Southern Horticultural Research
Title: Five new dark-leaf crapemyrtles for South Mississippi Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 23, 2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The Agricultural Research Service, USDA, has developed and released 5 dark-leaf crapemyrtles adapted to Mississippi and surrounding states. Plants have exceptional flowers and outstanding disease resistant foliage which maintains its dark color throughout the summer. Plants start flowering in the region in late June, with best flowering and most intense foliage color displayed when plants are grown in full sun. Plants are projected to mature at 20 feet in most plantings but can be easily maintained at a smaller size with a winter pruning to reduce the proportions of plants. Ebony Fire is first to flower while Ebony Embers is latest to begin flowering.