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Center Stage® Red Crape Myrtle

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 6 - 12 Feet
  • Width 8 Feet
  • Growing Zones 7-9

A superstar in the garden that doesn’t act like a prima donna, the Center Stage Red Crape Myrtle steals the show in sunny gardens. The glossy, dark leaves set the stage for the blaze of long-lasting red flowers in summer. The deep purple and black foliage provides colorful interest all season long. Another major benefit of the richly hued foliage? It’s deer- and disease-resistant! This is a vigorous variety that has been improved to resist the diseases with which other crape myrtle species struggle.

Center Stage also has a narrow, upright growth habit that makes it a great choice for smaller spaces and tightly knit landscapes. This tidy habit also opens up a variety of landscape uses. Mix it with perennials and plant in landscapes to provide color year-round with its extraordinary foliage. They can also be used to form a low, colorful hedge.

Center Stage® Red Crape Myrtle Care

Plant Center Stage® Red Crape myrtle in full sun to achieve maximum disease resistance, bloom, and growth. Only water when soil is dry, as overwatering can reduce disease resistance of the plant. It is adaptable to most soil types except soggy soils. The combination of full sun and well-drained soil will lead to a thriving, colorful specimen. Crape myrtle prefers a slightly acidic soil with a pH ranging between 5 to 6.5.

This dwarf crape myrtle variety has a tidy growth habit that rarely needs to be pruned. However, if you’d like to prune them, do so sparingly in the early spring.

Center Stage® Red Crape Myrtle Spacing

Most crape myrtles do no react well to constant pruning, so Center Stage® Red Crapemyrtle is a great choice for smaller locations or narrow garden beds. However, it can still spread up to 8’! So maintain a good amount of space around this shrub, and plant give it around 8’ of space when selecting a site for it.

Center Stage® Red Crape Myrtle Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 7-9
Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Height: 6 - 12 Feet
Mature Width: 8 Feet
Plant Spacing: 8 Feet
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Shade: Cherry-Ruby
Seasonal Interest: Summer through Fall
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Black
Resists: Deer, Disease
Features: Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Container Landscape Mass Planting Specimen or Focal Point
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLCIBF' USPP 32,515

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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.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

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

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • 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.