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Early Bird Purple Crape Myrtle
If you love crape myrtle, you're gonna love the Early Bird Crape Myrtles. Early Bird Purple is one of three in a unique series of semi-dwarf, early blooming crape myrtles introduced by the Southern Living Plant Collection. Scroll down for more details!

Early Bird Purple Crape Myrtle

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Early Bird Purple Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia hybrid 'JD827' PP22718

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Crape Myrtle is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

If you love crape myrtle, you're gonna love the Early Bird Crape Myrtles. Early Bird Purple is one of three in a unique series of semi-dwarf, early blooming crape myrtles introduced by the Southern Living Plant Collection.  

So, why the name Early Bird? Whereas most crape myrtle varieties start blooming in June at the earliest, the Early Bird Crape Myrtles start blooming a month earlier in May, which adds another month to the crape myrtle flowering season in your landscape. In our gardens, Early Bird Purple exhibited excellent reblooming capabilities, blooming early and then repeating throughout summer for up to 120 days!



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a mound 5 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 5 wide, Early Bird Purple Crape Myrtle is an ideal selection for use as a specimen in medium size landscape spaces and home foundation plantings. Useful as an accent in flowering shrub borders, or in groupings or straight or staggered rows in larger landscape borders.

Suggested Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedges;  8' or more for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Early Bird Crape Myrtles are very easy to grow in most any average, moist but well-drained soil and full to mostly sun. Some shade is tolerated but too much shade results in diminished flowering. All varieties of Early Bird Crape Myrtles have shown very good resistance to powdery mildew. No pruning necessary though plants can be pruned to maintain more dense branching and heavier flowering.



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Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone >  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity: 4-5'
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Bushy, Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Flower Color:  Purple
Flower Size:  Medium size clusters
Flowering Period:  May repeating through Summer!
Flower Type:  Single flowers in clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.0 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Insect



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