Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle
Sizzling color combo!
Easy-care, no-fuss, reliably stunning color is no problem for sizzling Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle.
Start with the flowers. Sunset Magic has true red flowers, not a ‘deep red-pink’ or ‘violet-red’ or even ‘reddish’. This is the red you want in a ‘red’ flower. And it’s not just a few – these large, crinkled, ruffled flowers cover the entire shrub and flowers more heavily than most other dark leaved crapes.
Speaking of dark leaved – Sunset Magic has deep purple-black leaves that will hold their deep color late into the summer. They are flatter and more lustrous than other crape myrtles, too, which only makes the red flowers stand out better!
These are highly resistant to typical Crape Myrtle issues, like Cercospora, and make great replacement shrubs for other purple-leaved plants that are less hardy (we’re looking at you purple-leaved plums).
Sunset Magic is easy to keep short with good pruning, but it only reaches 5’-10’ tall naturally, so it will already fit into even small gardens without a problem.
For a stunning garden effect plant these with white flowered crapes or yellow daylilies. All you need is a sunny location and good drainage and you’ll have a picture-worthy garden in no time!
* True red flowers
* Easy care
* Fast grower to 10’ tall
* Almost black leaves
* Great for small gardens
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IX'|
|Mature Height||5 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 8 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|