Plant Introductions, Inc. debuts new varieties

The company is rolling out a line of crape myrtles.

January 7, 2014
New Varieties


A new line of crape myrtles developed by Plant Introductions, Inc. has been introduced. The development features compact shapes, color-packed blooms and disease-resistant foliage. All of the Magic Series crape myrtles are shrub-form. Check out the list of new myrtles below:

  • First Editions Coral Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Coral Magic): Coral Magic’s salmon-pink flowers cover the plant in early summer. This crape myrtle keeps its rounded shape with glossy reddish new growth foliage. The leaves turn dark green through the summer. Coral Magic flowers on new growth and should be pruned in late summer. They grow to be about 6-10 feet in width and 6-10 feet in height. Good for zone 6-9.
  • First Editions Purple Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Purple Magic): The dark purple flowers of Purple Magic command attention. New leaves start out a with a red hue, maturing to a glossy green. Purple Magic is a spring bloomer, so prune it in the winter. Deadheading the first flush of flowers can encourage a summer bloom. They grow to 6-10 feet in width and 6-10 feet in height. Good for zones 6-9.
  •  First Editions Plum Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Plum Magic): Plum Magic features bright, fuchsia flowers. New leaves of this dense rounded shrub emerge plum-purple, maturing to a rich, dark green. Plum Magic flowers on new growth and should be pruned in winter. They grow to about 6-10 feet in height and width. Good for zones 6-9.
  • First Editions Midnight Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-V): One look and you’ll be captivated by Midnight Magic. It’s deep purple to rich burgundy colored foliage perfectly accents this crape myrtle’s beautiful dark pink flowers. Hot Southern summers will not diminish the foliage, and the flowers extend from July until September. Grows to about 4-6 feet in width and height. Good for zones 6-9.
  •          First Editions Moonlight Magic Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'PIILAG-IV): Beautiful, deep maroon leaves and snowy white flowers create a stunning contrast. Its unique upright habit makes it a showstopper. Topping out at 12-feet in height, Moonlight Magic makes a wonderful small landscape tree and is a great alternative to purpleleaf plums. It’s also an amazing container plant. It grows to 4-6 feet in width and is good for zones 6-9.