Hardy Magenta is a cultivar of the Northern Belle series, whose blooms take on more purple tones than the rest. Northern Belle is a groundbreaking new series that we have Dr. Keith Zary to thank for. While most crape myrtle cultivars can't survive in cold zones, Northern Belle cultivars put on an exceptional performance all the way up through zone 6. When we trialed Hardy Magenta in zone 6, we didn't give it any winter protection. It died back to the ground and grew anew the next spring, for an extraordinary display of vivid, fluffy blooms, bringing new energy to the garden in midsummer. In California, where it didn't die back through winter, it grew to the taller end of the height range, perfect for a back border. Lagerstroemia indica '08-60379'
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 Color:red, purple
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
Additional InformationBlooms later than other selections.