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Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Fire'

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Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Fire') at Roger's Gardens

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle flowers

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle flowers

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Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Ebony Fire') at Roger's Gardens

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle foliage

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Brand:  Monrovia


This elegant ornamental shrub is covered in bright crimson blooms in summer, held over intense burgundy-black foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border; also good for container planting

Ornamental Features

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle is covered in stunning panicles of crimson frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early to late summer. It has attractive burgundy foliage with hints of black which emerges coppery-bronze in spring. The recurved oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn orange in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Ebony Fire Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features