First Editions Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘PIILAG-IX’)

First Editions Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle

  • True Red Flowers
  • Easy Care, Fast Grower
  • Almost Black Leaves
  • Great for Small Gardens

Easy-care, no-fuss, reliably stunning color is no problem for this sizzling First Editions® Sunset Magic™ Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘PIILAG-IX’ PP 29,325).

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 stays shorter 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!

First Editions Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘PIILAG-IX’) Details

Common name First Editions Sunset Magic Crape Myrtle
Botanical name Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IX'
Hardiness zone 7-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 5 - 10 ft.
Width 4 - 8 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Soil condition Well-drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Red
Leaf color Burgundy