Hardy Fuchsia is one of our exclusive introductions from the Northern Belle series, bred by Dr. Keith Zary and the Gardens Alive! Research and Development Team. The Northern Belle series has unprecedented hardiness for a southern sun-lover like crape myrtle. It won't just pull through a cold winter, but it'll actually perform beautifully all the way up through zone 6. In our zone 6 test garden, we didn't even give it winter protection and it bloomed in abundance. This variety has extraordinarily vivid color on the midsummer blooms—right about the time the summer cookouts are picking up steam and many blooming plants are waning. In warmer zones it can grow taller, we've seen it up to 5' in California, and in cool zones it'll die back to the ground in winter and grow to around 3' tall. Lagerstroemia indica 'Northern Belle Hardy Fuchsia'
Planting InstructionsPerforms best in full sun. Set plant at the same level it is growing at in the container, firm soil and water thoroughly.
Winter CareMulch in cooler climates and remove in early spring before new growth starts.
Flower FormMany small flowers bloom in terminal panicles on the current season's growth.
Foliage TypeDeciduous, glossy, green foliage. Foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer,
Soil RequirementWell-drained, organically rich, moisture retentive soil. Becomes more drought tolerant with age.
PruningFor southern zones Thin young trees in late winter to early spring. Make sure to leave 3-7 main trunks or canopy branches. Older trees prune only to remove suckers that have emerged from main trunks or ground. Prune in winter. Northern zones (5 and 6) prune back any winterkilled branches in late