First Editions® Plum Magic Crape Myrtle Shrub

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Crape Myrtles are beautiful additions to any garden, but First Editions® Plum Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Plum Magic' PP23,518) is a truly special addition! This is a new form of Crape Myrtle with a semi-dwarf form for more compact growth!

These easy-care flowering shrubs naturally grow into rounded form with a nice full shape. The leaves start off a plum-purple in spring and mature into a rich dark green by summertime. The green leaves really set off the bright fuchsia-pink flowers that follow!

New Plum Magic blooms in early summer and, if deadheaded, again in late summer! The flowers of all Crape Myrtle selections are long-lasting and feed pollinators and hummingbirds galore! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, gardeners in growing zones 5 and under can still grow Plum Magic as a fast-growing annual and overwinter them in a protected cool location.

Planting and Application:

A row of Plum Magic Crape Myrtles would make a great foundation planting or backdrop! Densely branched enough for screening and privacy, and tall enough to keep prying eyes out of your yard!

Use as impressive specimen and garden accents in both their shrub form or 'limbed up' into small multi-trunked flowering trees! 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 Plum 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!

Plum Magic doesn't grow as tall as other Crapemyrtles so it looks amazing massed in large beds under trees so long as they get plenty of sun during the day! Try it in a perennial border or as a nice foil to evergreen plantings. The beautiful flowers and a splash of color wherever they are!

  • Fuchsia-Pink Crepe Paper-Like Blooms
  • Deep Purple-Maroon Leaves Turn Rich Green In Summer
  • Semi-Dwarf Dense Form
  • Pollinator & Hummingbird Favorites
  • Great Hedges, Privacy Fencing, Large & Small Gardens or Containers

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Grow these flowering ornamental shrubs in full sun for the most flowers and strongest growth. Water regularly during the first season to get the roots established, then extend the period between watering during the second season to encourage deep root development. Plum Magic Crape Myrtle responds well to mulching, applying a 3 to 4-inch deep layer, extending 3 feet outside the canopy to help conserve water and keep roots cool in the hot summer.

All Crape Myrtles flowers on new wood. This is great, as it means that even heavy pruning in late winter or early spring will not affect this season's flowers. Prune to shape at that time, or just to remove twiggy growth to allow good air circulation into the canopy. Deadhead any spent flower clusters as they fade to encourage more blooms during the active growing season.

In Zone 6, this versatile plant will behave as a perennial in the ground and regrow from the roots in the spring. Place a layer of straw around the crown of the plant in the winter to ensure it returns, even in the coldest years. In spring, simply trim off any old winter-damaged wood and prepare for new growth.

  • Full Sun
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • About Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Blooms on New Wood - Prune in Early Spring
  • Highly Mildew Resistant & Deer Seldom Bother Them
  • Low Maintenance & Easy-Care
  • Use as a Colorful Annual in Zones 3 - 5

The First Editions® Plum Magic Crape Myrtle is sure to be a standout in your garden and provide a magical changing color throughout the growing season! Order yours today at Nature Hills Nursery today!

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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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® Plum Magic Crape Myrtle Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia 'Plum Magic'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 14 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Fuchsia-Pink
Foliage Color Plum Purple to Dark Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring