'Center Stage Red' Crapemyrtle


Do you live for the drama? Looking for a plant that commands the spotlight but is still easy to grow? Center Stage Red crapemyrtle is just the plant to fill the role! With its deep black foliage and glowing red flowers, it truly will command center stage in your landscape. We spent many years developing and evaluating dark-leaf crapemyrtles like this to ensure that our selection would be vigorous and resist the diseases that often plague the species, so you'll enjoy clean, glossy foliage all season long. It naturally grows with a narrow, space-saving habit that eliminates the need to prune and opens up a range of landscaping possibilities.

Top reasons to grow Center Stage Red crapemyrtle:

- Nearly black foliage with excellent disease resistance.

- Cheerful cherry-colored flowers all summer.

- Colorful foliage and flowers keeps it interesting from spring through fall.


Note: Hardy down to zone 6b.

Disease Resistant
Long Blooming
Foliage Interest


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 72 - 144 Inches
 96 Inches
 96 Inches
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Light Requirement: 

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

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Blooms On: 
 New Wood
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 Border Plant
 Mass Planting
 Specimen or Focal Point
Uses Notes: 

Plant in landscapes and gardens for color from spring through fall. Dwarf habit allows them to be used as a low hedge or specimen, or mixed with colorful perennials. 

Maintenance Notes: 

Though Center Stage Red crapemyrtle has been evaluated and shown to have excellent disease resistance, it should still be planted in full sun (6+ hrs/day), and overwatering should be avoided, to ensure the best performance.

The dwarf, shrubby habit of these crapemyrtles means they don't need regular pruning. However, if you wish to prune them, early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems, is the best time. 

Center Stage® Red Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLCIBF' USPP 32,515