One of the last National Arboretum releases in 2003 and a hybrid that includes three species. This extraordinary small tree is perhaps the best adapted to our milder summers. To just 9′ tall after 10 years this globose tree begins blooming in urban areas as early as the 4th of July and repeat blooms all the way though September. The enormous flower trusses are a vibrant magenta/ruby red. Very free blooming with perhaps the lowest heat requirement of any Crape Myrtle we have grown. In time the bark exfoliates to a smooth chocolate brown. Fall color is orange to red. Full, hot sun and rich soil with REGULAR irrigation (deep soaks at least once a week) until bloom. Brilliant bloomer with enormous trusses of vivid flowers. Excellent choice for cooler summer areas such as Puget Sound. Does not grow very fast as it is too busy blooming. Exceptionally disease resistant selection.