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Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle Overview

Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle

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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


Sunset Magic™ Crape Myrtle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
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Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IX'
Foliage Burgundy
Mature Height 5 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 8 feet
Soil Type Well-drained
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red