First Editions® Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle Shrub

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Purple-leaved shrubs are a breath of fresh air in the heat of the summer garden. First Editions® Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-V' PP 25,295) has purple/maroon leaves that will not only breathe new life into your tired landscape but will add mystery, drama and depth!

As if the richly colored leaves weren't enough, Crape Mytles bloom from July to September with amazing dark pink flowers that cover the shrub by the bushel. At a time of the year when many garden shrubs are flagging from the heat, Midnight Magic™ just getting started! You'll enjoy the deep pink color for longer and so will many pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies!

Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle is naturally round and compact, and even keeps its dark leaf color in the high heat of a southern summer! This is a great replacement for Purple Leaf Plums in places where these Plums are completely defoliated by August.

Sometimes spelled as one word or sometimes as Crepe Myrtle, the First Editions® Magic Myrtles bloom in early summer and, if deadheaded, again in late summer! The flowers of all Crape Myrtle selections are long-lasting! This plant is a perfect choice, whether you are a newbie or an experienced gardener.

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, these low-growing shrubs reach just 4-6 feet in height and spread 6-10 feet wide! Making Midnight Magic™ a fantastic hedge that covers ground far and wide. Gardeners in growing zones 5 and undner can still grow Midnight Magic™ as a fast-growing annual and overwinter them in a protected cool location.

Planting and Application:

Plant this beauty as a striking specimen plant to accent your front steps, or as your home's foundation hedge! Anchor a garden bed or use a single Midnight Magic™ as a garden crown jewel.

Cottage gardens and Rock gardens are both ideal locations for these glamorous blooming shrubs! Try it in a mixed perennial border where the deep pink flowers look great with yellow perennials or tan Ornamental Grass! Other plants with deep purple or near-black foliage and pink or purple blooms also match Midnight Magic™!

Use as impressive specimen and garden accents in both their shrub form, providing interest all year, whether from foliage, flowers, or bark in the winter! The naturally rounded shape needs little pruning to look good, but can be kept smaller to better suit smaller landscapes and even container gardens!

You can also grow Midnight Magic™ in a large, decorative outdoor container! Try a pair of them flanking either side of a sunny front door or the entrance to a garden path. Pop them here and there, wherever you need a boost of color in your landscape. They also make great strategic screening plants or accent plants just where you need them around your patio, poolside, porch, or balcony!

Create a privacy hedge with several of them planted in a row as backdrops and as a pretty barrier along your property line. Please note that you can keep them trimmed as low as you'd like. For a hedge, plant 4 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

  • Deep Purplish-Maroon Foliage Won’t Fade
  • Unique Deep Pink Blooms
  • Great Alternative for Purple-Leaf Plum
  • Attractive Bark & Ornamental Seed Pods for Winter
  • Hummingbird Favorite & Pollinators Galore!
  • Use in Large Containers, Hedges, Specimens & Landscape Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

When you plant these incredibly easy-care shrubs just need full sun and plenty of water during their first year. The most important thing is to give it full sun, at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the more flowers! Crapes perform best in well-drained soils. Give Crapes a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Once their roots are established in your native soil, they'll become drought-tolerant. However, you'll really see the best flowering with an even amount of water. Once it is established it will reward you with years of carefree blooms!

Try to give Pink Crape Myrtle a planting site with good air circulation and receives direct sunlight in the morning. This is the drying sun and will quickly dry up any overnight dew. This greatly improves the plant's ability to be resistant to powdery mildew. Use drip irrigation, too, not overhead lawn sprinklers. Give your plantings a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and hold in moisture.

The massive pink flower clusters are born on the branch tips on new growth. You can prune to the correct shape before it starts growing in late winter or very early spring. During the growing season, this deciduous shrub produces clusters of charmingly frilly flowers that last for months. If they begin to fade, feel free to deadhead spent blooms, they will likely rebloom for you!

  • Fast Growing In Full Sun
  • Water New Plants Regularly - Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Pruning Best in Spring
  • Widely Adaptable - Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

Let the First Editions® Midnight Magic™ work its own special brand of magic in your yard! Order yours today from Nature Hills!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what you’re getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which we’re currently offering below.

Single Stem: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 2 or more stems planted together in the ground in close proximity to form a clump. There are times multi stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem. 

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-V' PP25925
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring