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Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia hybrid 'PIILAG-IX' (PP#23,518)

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Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia hybrid 'PIILAG-IX' (PP#23,518)

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Lagerstroemia hybrid 'PIILAG-IX' (PP#23,518)

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The Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle is a marvelous new variety of purple-leaf shrub that also carries rich red blooms for many months of the year. Colored foliage is always loved in the garden, and purple is the most popular color, because it really stands out and contrasts well with other colors, such as golden leaves. This plant has very persistent coloring, holding its deep-purple color all through summer, right up to leaf-drop. It is as good as or superior to other purple-leaf shrubs, and many of those older plants flower for just a few days, and they may have disease problems too. This vigorous plant blooms from June to September, and it is free of the diseases that cause unattractive foliage and leaf drop in older types of crape myrtle. It grows between 5 and 10 feet tall, but stays only around 6 feet wide, so it fits perfectly into the smaller gardens so many of us have today.

  • Rich black-purple foliage all season, for dramatic color
  • Rich red flower clusters continuously from summer to fall
  • Grows easily in any sunny spot, and resists drought
  • Specially bred to resist the leaf disease that mar older crape myrtles
  • A top-quality shrub for both foliage and flower color

Plant the Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle in a sunny location, so that it flowers prolifically and keeps the richest possible leaf coloring. It will grow rapidly and without any problems in any well-drained soil, growing well even in poor sand and gravel soils. If you have a hot, sunny spot in your garden, this shrub will thrive. It is fast-growing too, so very soon you will have a full-sized plant, bringing vibrant leaf color from spring to fall, and powerful red flowers all summer and fall too. Diseases and pests won’t bother it, and the all-season interest will really bring your garden to life.

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