From across a plant-crowded expanse, my eyes met his foliage...
The neurons pinged, the synapses zinged. Love at first sight. Resistance was futile.
Some i-net perusing revealed 'Black Diamond Red Hot's original name is 'Ebony Embers', and is a Lagerstroemia indica hybrid developed by Dr. Cecil Pound of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. Your tax dollars at work. How about that? Wise use of tax dollars!
'Ebony Embers' is not patented: anyone can propagate and sell it. It is being sold by Black Diamond under the name 'Red Hot'. The name 'Red Hot', is trademarked and copywrited; only Black Diamond can use that name to sell it. Anyone can use the name 'Ebony Embers'.
Golly I hope it lives. I saw it at the big box store where I stopped to buy a toilet brush. I've grown wary of fabulous plants for sale at big box stores. I recall a particular Chorizema 'Bush Flame' that looked so spectacular and died so quickly.
How would it look underplanted with Dichondra 'Silver Falls' and black Aeoniums? This must be love--I'm having fantasies!
What about with silvery Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon' nearby?
I am determined not to get attached, lest the glorious thing die on me. No, of course I have no idea where I'll put it. Trees make bad impulse buys, but...love finds a way.
With silver Maireana sedifolia:
I even remembered to buy the toilet brush, too.