Do you love crape myrtles but hate the diseases associated with them? Meet the new and improved First Editions® Magic™ Crape Myrtle Series. These crape myrtles showcase new color combinations, compact size, and disease resistance.
The Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle is a new and improved variety of crape myrtle. The small size of these shrubs allows it to be used as a shrub or a tree. It is great to put in spaces that are too small for your average Crape Myrtle. The plum purple foliage is dark year round and dark pink flowers provide a great contrast. Not only is this shrub compact in size and stunning in color, is also resistant to leaf spot and powdery mildew!
Features: The Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle is small tree that only gets to 4-6’ high and wide. The foliage is a rich maroon color that stays prominent throughout the growing season, unlike regular crape myrtles that have green foliage. Dark pink flowers appear in July and bloom all the way to August, proving a great color contrast against the dark foliage. These trees can even combat the heat of the south while providing flowers that are saturated in color and never fade.
Landscape Uses: Plant this tree as a property border or even use it around the foundation of your home or deck. The colors are sure to delight you! Add a color contrast to your Leyland Cypress privacy fence. You can even use it as a lone specimen and let it work its magic year after year. Plant this Crape Myrtle on each side of your driveway for a unique entrance of color while pulling up to your home...
How to care for your Crape Myrtle: The Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle prefers to be planted in full sun with well-drained soil. Pick out an appropriate spot and dig a hole that is one and a half times larger than the pot it came in. Remove the plant from the pot and roughen up the bottom and sides of the root ball. Place the plant in the hole being sure that the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil and firmly tamp the ground to remove any oxygen bubbles. Water your plant thoroughly. Pruning should be performed in late fall or early winter. Remove all expired flower heads and prune branches back where the diameter is ½ “. Pruning is not necessary for young specimens, but will promote additional branching.
|Grows in Zones||6, 7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||4-5 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia ‘PIILAG-V’ PPAF|
How To Care for your new Midnight Magic™ Crape Myrtle Tree
Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle to thrive. Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all. If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year. Midnight Magic Crape Myrtles grow in zones 6-9. We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.
These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining. Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it. Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease. Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes. Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months. After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms. Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer. If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants. Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches. Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot. You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall. Midnight Magic Crape Myrtles grow up to 6 feet tall and wide.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success. There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles. Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles. Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree. You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. The Magic series crape myrtles are extremely resistant to Powdery Mildew and other diseases.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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