CENTER STAGE® Red Crapemyrtle

Zone: 6b, 7, 8, 9, 10 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 6-12' Width/Spread: 8'

Looking for a crapemyrtle that doesn’t disappear in the crowd? This is it! The CENTER STAGE® Red series was developed by Spring Meadow’s Megan Mathey with the goal of very disease resistant black foliage and super stunning flower color. CENTER STAGE® Red is the first to market, with vivacious cerise-colored blooms in summer.


Light: Needs to be planted in full sun, which is 6 or more hours of direct exposure to the sun per day. Any less than that and the plant will not produce the abundance of flowers it is known for.

Soil: Enjoys moist soil the most, but is quite adaptable to different moisture levels and soil types. Thanks to its good disease resistance, it doesn’t get mildew as easily in moist areas as other crapemyrtles.

Water: Performs best with steady moisture. If this isn’t natural in your area, be sure to apply a layer of mulch to keep the soil moist for as long as possible.

Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring using a granular (not liquid) fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose fertilizer.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not recommended. If any shaping is desired, do so in the late winter before the plant breaks dormancy. Some gardeners like to grow this as a single or multi-stemmed tree. If that interests you, select a robust branch early and prune down all others.

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLCIBF' PP#32,515


6b, 7, 8, 9, 10

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Black, Purple






Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Hedges, Specimen


Clay soil, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Fall interest, Heat tolerant

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