Purple Magic™ Crape Myrtle

Dwarf Crape Myrtle with Royal Purple Blooms!

  • Enjoy True Purple blooms all Summer long
  • Long Blooming Period - from June through late September
  • Grow as a Tree or Shrub!
  • Pest and Disease Resistant

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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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 intensely pigmented violet-purple blooms set the Purple Magic Crape Myrtle apart from other crape myrtles

The Purple Magic Crape Myrtle produces an abundance of crinkly, purple blooms July to September.  New growth starts out as a red in the spring before turning green in the summer.  An additional perk of the Magic Series Crape myrtles is the size.  A smaller and more compact crape myrtle, this tree easily transforms into a nice hedge with its round, bushy form.  Growing only 6 to 8 feet high makes this a perfect, compact ornamental tree to dress up any landscape.  Not only is this tree bursting with color and compact, but it is also resistant to disease.  

Compact, dense, and colorful, this tree/shrub variation of the Crape Myrtle is absolutely stunning. Give it sunlight and good drainage and it will take off with little maintenance. Sit back and relax and let this show stopping Crape Myrtle perform magic before your eyes!

Type Flower Color Bloom Time Zones Height (ft) Width (ft) Growth Rate
Black Diamond Best Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Black Diamond Blush Light Pink July to Oct 7 - 10 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Black Diamond Pure White White July to Oct 7 - 9 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft/yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Dynamite Cherry Red Early July to Oct 7 - 9 15 - 25 15 2 - 3ft/yr
Muskogee Lavender June to Oct  7 - 11  25 - 30 20   3 - 5ft/yr
Natchez White June to Oct 7 - 10 20 - 30 20 3 - 5ft/yr
Pink Velour Deep Pink Early July to Sept 7 - 10 8 - 10 10 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Plum Magic Pink Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 6 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft/yr

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Brand First Editions
Grows in Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun, Part Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 6-8 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Yellow
Bloom Color Purple
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia Purple Magic™

How To Care for your new Purple Magic™ Crape Myrtle

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Purple 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.  Purple 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.  Magic series Crape Myrtles grow up to 10 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.


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

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.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

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.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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Great in my container
We planted our magic crape myrtle about one month ago in a pot on my patio. Its been blooming ever since we planted it. We love this crape myrtle.
August 1, 2015
Very impressed!
Size, blooms, ship time, pricing and I could keep going! Very very impressed with this company! Thanks planting tree!
August 25, 2015
Thank you :)
I have been looking for the perfect color purple crape myrtle and this was definitely it. Ordering more that's for sure. We definitely feel like we got our monies worth and then some. There was even a free plant in the box.
October 4, 2015
This tree is beautiful. It was much nicer than I ever expected. So far so good.
August 18, 2016
8 months ago
Purple Magic
Received order promptly. Plant in perfect condition. It is the right size, and just what I wanted.
October 10, 2016
6 months ago
Very pretty little tree
We just got the little tree in the ground today. It is very pretty and looks healthy. I am already emotionally attached to the tree. lol Hope it grows well.
Picture after we got it planted
Picture when we opened box
April 1, 2017
1 month ago
Trees showed up in good condition. My only complaint is I was led to believe I would receive them in a few days but it took 8.
March 15, 2017
1 month ago
Response from ThePlantingTree.com
Hi Karen, sorry for the delay. With all the snow storms and fedex delays your order took longer to get there than it should. Sorry for the inconvenience.
March 16, 2017
Tony DStaff
Wrong color
The crate Myrtle I received was supposed to be a purple color. The one I received was fuchsia. When I called to complain I got an email back requesting that I wait three weeks in order for the color to change. After more than A week, the color is still exactly the same as when I received it.
August 7, 2016
9 months ago
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ARTHUR S on Apr 24, 2017
LINDA R on Apr 18, 2017
ARTHUR S on Apr 24, 2017
I had similar trees but had to cut them down when they grew too large. I had trouble finding them as 'dwarves' so was glad to find them here.
Douglas W on Apr 23, 2017
LINDA R on Apr 18, 2017
Have been looking for the dark purple color
Betty S on Apr 5, 2017
Love the colors and that they will bloom all summer
Gwen L on Mar 22, 2017
Great color! I hope that's the color I get.
Tommy T on Mar 20, 2017
Just believe this is a beautiful hardy plant for my yard.
Leonardo L on Mar 7, 2017
Kansas State University Royal Purple - Go Cats!!
David L on Feb 26, 2017
Mary T on Feb 12, 2017
like the color and size.
Guest S on Feb 10, 2017
A shorter version that I will use as a spot of color, bush form, along with some 20-year-old crape myrtle trees. Just purchased the house and want to brighten up the front without going with tall trees.
Barbara N on Jan 27, 2017
Color & height- width
Edward C on Nov 21, 2016
Have seen this tree in another neighborhood. So glad to have found it here.
Pearl R on Sep 30, 2016
i wanted a color that would look pretty with my dark pink crape myrtles, the purple magic crape myrtle will look beautiful with them and purple's my favorite color.
trudy s on Sep 26, 2016
want to try crape myrtles in my landscape
L A on Sep 25, 2016
it's one of my favorite colors, i just hope i will receive the right color...
myrna s on Sep 14, 2016
For dramatic color in bed at pool. Anchor bed for dramatic look
Marquetta C on Aug 25, 2016
The deep color, gorgeous, looking forward to receipt
Cheri M on Aug 24, 2016
Purple is my favorite color
Delores B on Aug 23, 2016
Beautiful color and compact size
Patrice D on Aug 23, 2016
It is hard to find and it is for a small area perfect for this tree by my koi pond
Erik C on Aug 20, 2016
Norm s on Aug 19, 2016
Selection was based on space, color and plant type suggested by landscaper. My experience with Crepe Myrtles made this an easy decision as they are hardy and the neighbor had a beautiful blooming Crimson version.
Karen M on Aug 19, 2016
Love the color to place against my white picket fence.
Gregory F on Aug 15, 2016
The dark purple color
Leslie M on Aug 1, 2016
I have never seen this color blossoms before.
Marlene A on Jul 30, 2016
My wife's favorite color
Sunil D on Jul 28, 2016
I had similar trees but had to cut them down when they grew too large. I had trouble finding them as 'dwarves' so was glad to find them here.
Douglas W on Apr 23, 2017
Have been looking for the dark purple color
Betty S on Apr 5, 2017
What is the best time of the year to plant crape Myrtle?
Willie A on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Crape myrtles can be planted at anytime of the year.
How big will this Purple Magic Crepe Myrtle get? Would the plant be 2-3 feet when I receive it?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the current size we have is 2-3ft when shipped. The mature size is 6-8 tall and wide.
Can this be planted in the fall in zone 6 or better to wait until the spring?
Katie on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would lean toward spring or summer for planting the Purple Magic Crape Myrtle in a zone 6. But if you get it in the ground soon and water it appropriately (deeply a couple times a week) into winter and mulch it in well it will probably do okay.
Still time to plant?
Luigy on Dec 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. As long as the ground is not frozen you can still plant.
Can I order the purple magic and have you ship it closer to Christmas?
MIKE S on Nov 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. Just give us a call or send an email with your ship date and we can take care of it for you.

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