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Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia 'Pillag-V'

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With beautiful dark foliage and resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew, Midnight Magic™ is the perfect replacement for purple-leaf plums that defoliate by August. This crapemyrtle has superb purple-maroon foliage and offers loads of dark pink flowers. it has rounded compact shape and begins blooming in July. At 4-6' tall and wide, it is easy to prune and reblooms well into September. Additionally, the dark foliage color does not fade in southern heat. Bred by Plant Introductions Inc.

Plant Attributes

Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Pillag-V') is a stunning variety of crapemyrtle known for its vibrant and striking foliage and blooms. This deciduous shrub or small tree has gained popularity in the landscaping world for its hardiness, low maintenance, and exceptional ornamental qualities. Its unique characteristics make it an excellent choice for various landscapes, whether as a focal point, accent plant, or even in mass plantings.

The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle features eye-catching, dark purple to almost black foliage, which serves as a stunning backdrop for its brilliant, deep pink blossoms. The blooms appear in clusters called panicles, which can measure up to 8 inches in length, and they emerge in late spring or early summer, lasting throughout the season. The contrast between the dark foliage and vivid flowers creates a dramatic visual impact that is both alluring and captivating.

This compact, slow-growing variety typically reaches a mature height of 4 to 6 feet and a spread of 4 to 5 feet, making it ideal for small gardens or limited spaces. The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is drought-tolerant, heat-resistant, and adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils. Additionally, it is resistant to powdery mildew and deer, ensuring that its attractive features remain unblemished throughout the growing season.

The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle also has a notable exfoliating bark, which adds interest to the plant during the winter months when the foliage is absent. The bark peels away in thin, irregular sheets, revealing a smooth, mottled surface with shades of gray, cream, and cinnamon. This characteristic offers an unexpected yet appealing element to the plant's overall appearance.

The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is a striking and versatile plant that adds a touch of drama and color to any landscape. Its dark purple to black foliage, bright pink blooms, and exfoliating bark create an alluring combination of features that make it a highly desirable addition to gardens and landscapes of all sizes.

Landscape Use

The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is a versatile plant that can be incorporated into various landscaping designs due to its unique foliage, vibrant blooms, and compact size. Here are some popular landscaping uses for this stunning plant:

  1. Focal point: With its striking color combination and attractive features, the Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle can serve as a focal point in gardens, drawing attention and providing a visual anchor.
  2. Accent plant: Use this Crapemyrtle as an accent plant to provide contrast against lighter-colored foliage or to highlight specific areas within the landscape, such as entryways, corners, or along walkways.
  3. Mass planting: Planting several Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtles together creates an impressive display of color and texture. The dark foliage and vivid blooms can make a bold statement when used in mass plantings, particularly along property lines or as a backdrop for other garden elements.
  4. Mixed borders: Incorporate the Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle into mixed borders or perennial beds, where its dark foliage can contrast with other plants' lighter leaves and flowers, adding depth and interest to the overall design.
  5. Container gardening: Due to its compact size, this Crapemyrtle can be grown in containers and used to brighten up patios, balconies, or other outdoor living spaces. Ensure that the container has adequate drainage and use a high-quality potting mix to support healthy growth.
  6. Privacy screen or hedge: Plant multiple Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtles in a row to create a low, dense privacy screen or hedge. The dark foliage and colorful blooms will provide an attractive barrier while also offering some privacy.
  7. Wildlife habitat: The flowers of Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making it an excellent choice for creating a wildlife-friendly garden.
  8. Specimen tree: Although it is a small tree or large shrub, the Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle can be used as a specimen tree in smaller gardens, providing a unique and visually appealing element to the landscape.

The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is a versatile and attractive plant that can be used in various landscaping applications, from focal points to mixed borders, and from container gardening to privacy screens. Its unique attributes, including its dark foliage and vibrant blooms, make it an excellent addition to any landscape design.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for a Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is relatively straightforward, as it is a low-maintenance and hardy plant. Here are some guidelines to help ensure your Crapemyrtle thrives in your landscape:

  1. Site selection: Choose a location with full sun, as Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle requires at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day to produce its best foliage color and abundant blooms. Ensure that the planting site has well-draining soil to prevent root rot or other moisture-related issues.
  2. Soil preparation: Although adaptable to a wide range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils, the Crapemyrtle will perform best in moderately fertile, well-draining soil with a pH range of 5.0 to 6.5. Amend the planting area with organic matter, such as compost or aged manure, to improve soil fertility and drainage.
  3. Planting: Dig a hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball of your Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle. Gently remove the plant from its container, being careful not to damage the roots. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with the excavated soil and organic matter, firming it gently around the root ball to eliminate air pockets. Water thoroughly to settle the soil.
  4. Mulching: Apply a 2 to 3-inch layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of the plant, keeping the mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Mulching helps to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth.
  5. Watering: During the first year, water your Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle regularly, providing 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, depending on rainfall. Once established, the plant is drought-tolerant, but it will benefit from supplemental watering during extended periods of dry weather.
  6. Fertilizing: Apply a slow-release, balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 formula, in early spring to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Follow the package instructions for the appropriate application rate.
  7. Pruning: Prune your Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches, as well as any suckers growing from the base of the plant. Prune to maintain the desired shape and size, but avoid heavy pruning, which can result in fewer blooms and weakened growth.
  8. Pest and disease control: The Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle is resistant to powdery mildew and deer, but it can still be susceptible to other pests and diseases. Regularly inspect your plant for signs of aphids, Japanese beetles, or scale insects, and treat any infestations promptly with the appropriate insecticides or other control methods.

By following these planting and care guidelines, your Midnight Magic™ Crapemyrtle will thrive and reward you with stunning foliage and vibrant blooms, enhancing your landscape for many years to come.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 4-6'
  • Width: 4-6'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
  • Shape: Upright, rounded
  • Flower Color: Dark Pink
  • Foliage: Dark Red

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