"A cool name for a hot crapemyrtle". That's the expression frequently used to describe this exciting  hybrid crapemyrlte. It is Delta Jazz crapemyrtle or Lagerstroemia x 'Delta Jazz'. Crapemyrtles are famous throughout the warm, temperate world for their amazing floral display. Their bloom is as exuberant in summer as cherries are in spring. This makes almost any crapemyrtle a desirable choice. And Delta Jazz crapemyrtle has the typical bright crapemyrtle bloom, being smothered in hot pink blossoms from summer to autumn, or June to October, a run no cherry can even approach. But what makes this crapemyrtle one of a kind is the foliage. The leaves are a beautiful chocolately-marroon. But unlike many red foliaged trees, such as Forest Pansy redbud, these leaves hold their rich tones thought hot summers. The foliage is so appealing that Delta Jazz crapemyrtle could be grown for that asset alone similar to certain red leaved Japanese maples like Acer palmatum ‘Burgundy Lace’.

This is a semi-dwarf crapemyrtle with a fast rate of growth that will eventually reach a mere 10 feet in height with a spread of 5 feet. This size is perfect for today's smaller gardens. And it has the typical crapemyrtle adaptability to soil type. Its chief requirement is that the soil be well-drained. Crapemyrtles grow best and bloom best in full sun though light shade is permissible in the hottest locations. The cold tolerance of crapemyrtles is being extended all the time and Delta Jazz crapemyrtle is suitable to the upper South of the United States as well as the Lower South. They will also grow in the south and west of England, especially against a south-facing wall. And Australia as well as the American southwest are good environments for crapemyrtles. They are drought tolerant once established and even possess some aerosol salt tolerance making them suited for sea-side plantings.

Delta Jazz crapemyrtle


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