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BEST REDTM

Black Diamond® Best RedTM

Want a classic look? You can’t go wrong with Black Diamond® Best Red™. Like a garnet necklace paired with a little black dress or bold bright red lipstick, Best Red™ is the perfect summer garden accessory. Striking ebony foliage and vivid crimson blooms add instant drama with just the right amount of class to the garden. And with a maximum size of 10-12 feet tall and 8 feet wide, Best Red™ won’t take over the entire landscape. Black Diamond® Best Red™ is perfect as a statement piece for petite landscapes or for mass planting on larger properties. 

Uses

  • Driveway and fence border-Plant 12' to 15' apart
  • Flowering hedge-Plant 2' to 3' apart and cut down to 4" tall each winter, the  plants re-grow to make a 3' to 4' tall flowering hedge each year
  • Patio planter-Plant in a decorative planter at least 12" in diameter

Geographical Considerations

Zones 2-5: Annual
  • Use as annual blooming summer color in landscape
  • Use as a patio planter and bring inside for the winter
Zone 6: Perennial
  • Use as flowering hedge that will re-grow from the ground in a harsh winter, or existing branches in a mild winter.
  • Use as a patio planter and bring inside for the winter
Zone 7-10: Deciduous Shrub/Small Tree
  • Use as a border for driveway, fence, or property boundary
  • Use as a blooming hedge
  • Use as a patio planter
Attributes
  • Colorful foliage early Spring through Fall
  • Beautiful blooms late Spring through Fall
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low maintenance
  • Highly resistant to mildew
  • Great for smaller gardens
Care
  • Fertilize once per year as new growth emerges
  • Plant in full sun
  • Water thoroughly every other day for first month
  • Prune each late Winter/Early Spring to achieve desired height and shape
  • Apply 2" of mulch every May, be sure to avoid letting the mulch touch the trunks