Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle has ruffled coral flowers and burgundy-black foliage. The flowers are there from late spring to first frost with no deadheading required. Developed by Megan Mathey at the University of Florida, Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle blooms earlier, is more resistant to mildew and has a more intense flower color than other crape myrtles.
This crape myrtle is deciduous so will lose its leaves each winter. However, it has nice ornamental looking bark. It is native to China and Korea but has largely become naturalized in the southern part of the United States. Deer do not like this shrub unless they are starving, when they will eat everything. Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle can be used as specimen plants, borders, in containers, in landscapes, and in massed plantings. Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle is hardy in zones 7-9.
Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle Care
Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle wants full sun and an average amount of water. It prefers moist, well-drained soils but can adapt to almost any soil. Do not let the soil stay wet all the time or the roots will rot. Fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer for shrubs and trees when new growth starts.
These crape myrtles generally do not need pruning except to remove dead wood. If you do prune, do so right when new growth starts. There is no need to cut the branches off and just leave a stump with a few knots on it. We refer to that as crape murder—don't let it happen to your trees.
Center Stage® Coral Crape Myrtle Spacing
This is a large shrub or small tree, with a height of 6-12 feet and a width of 8 feet. Be sure and plan for the adult size by spacing it 8 feet apart from other plants or buildings.
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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)
Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations
Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.