Red and purple Crepe Myrtle

littledog(z7 OK)October 19, 2005

I'm looking for the names of the darkest red and the darkest purple Crepe Myrtle. Not that bright watermelon pink that pretends to be red, and not a pale fussy lavender. Either standard or dwarf is fine. I've looked up several online that looked about right, but when I track them down in real life the colors were a disappointment. I know there is a striking crimson (One of the local banks as four of them, but no one knows what they're called) and I've seen a purple so dark it almost looked dusky black; I had to stop the car and walk to the fence to make sure it was a Crepe. (And no, the homeowner had no idea what it was called, as it was already there when he moved in)

If anyone has the names of any promising cultivars, I'd love to hear about them.

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creatrix(z7 VA)

You could try here-

Here is a link that might be useful: Crape Myrtle database

    Bookmark   October 21, 2005 at 6:12PM
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littledog(z7 OK)

Wow, Perfect! Who knew there were so many varieties? Thank you Creatix.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 4:50PM
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pfmastin(8 N. Carolina)

I believe the darkest purple is my favorite...'Catawba'. :)

    Bookmark   October 24, 2005 at 9:20PM
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I looked at the Texas A&M Horticulture website. They pictured purple varieties called "Dwarf Royalty" grows to 8 ft and "Twilight" 15 to 20 ft. They also show "Red Rocket" which appears to be a dark true red, not pink and grows to 20+ ft. Hope this helps.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 7:13PM
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Dynamite is pretty red.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2011 at 9:52PM
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