Could anybody share their experience growing dwarf Crape Myrtle Berry Dazzle?

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  1. Black Orchid

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    Hello,
    I have just seen an offer on a dwarf Crape Myrtle Berry Dazzle but I don't know anything about this plant. Is it OK to plant it in a large pot in a garden in Manchester? Is it difficult to take care of it? Is it supposed to flower June - September? I am very tempted to buy it from Gardening Express.
    What is your knowledgeable opinion, dear fellow-gardeners?
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Lagerstroemia I presume?
    Not tried that one but grew from seed a long time ago a strain called little chief, was supposed to be dwarf.
    I cut it back every year but its still 10ft high.:biggrin:

    Pretty hardy but needs a hot sunny position to do well, mine flowers pretty late in bad summers.
    This year, in flower now and getting totally ruined by the gales.
     
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      Very convincing 'easy to grow' description by the supplier but it depends on your locaton whether it will grow and flower well. Worth a put but it would need a south facing sheltered position.

      I grew Little Chief many years ago but in Dorset, not enough sun or warmth to get it to flower at all well.
       
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        Thank you for the information. Gardening Express say that Berry Dazzle grows up to 1m 20 cm.
         
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        It would probably stay small in a pot.
         
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          "Little Chief":biggrin: from the bedroom window looking down on conservatory roof.

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            Wow! So beautiful!
             
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