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Twilight Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Twilight'

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Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-25 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Twilight'

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Amazing Purple Blooms on a Low Maintenance Crape Myrtle

- The darkest purple on a crape myrtle!
- Low maintenance
- Highly drought tolerant

The royal purple colors of the Twilight Crape Myrtle have been difficult to find until now!

With large, lightly fragrant flower clusters that bloom from early June until frost, it can be grown as a broad shrub or as a horizontal tree.

This is one of the few crape myrtles that bloom deep purple flowers for 70 days!

Twilight Purple Crape Myrtles grow up to 20-25 feet tall, making it a popular choice for lining driveways, roadways, fences, or in groupings as a stunning showpiece for your yard.

The leaves on the Twilight unfold in late Spring with a display of bronze color that becomes a deep green during the Summer months. These will change to yellows, oranges, or burgundy in the fall.

For even more color, the bark changes from the smooth mottled gray that gradually peels off in early Summer to reveal a light pink bark that darkens to reddish brown.

The rich purple flowers are an incredible contrast to the subtle colors of the bark.

This variety of Langerstroemia fauriei have been bred for hardiness. Once established, they are extremely drought tolerant and have a vigorous growth rate.

Twilight crape myrtles do best in full sun and love acidic soil.

These crape myrtles are easy to grow and a delightful addition to any yard. Besides making a wonderful barrier, they are resistant to deer and rabbits, and do well in most growing conditions.

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Customer Reviews

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I bought this crape at a height of 2-3 ft and planted 9/8/14. Arrived nice and healthy and ready to plant. I recommend this company to everyone as they send the best and healthiest trees and stand behind the quality of every tree, as I had one that didn't make it and they replaced it immediately with no problem at all. Very reputable company to do business with also.. and I can't wait to see the growth and all the fantastic blooms. I live in FL zone 9..
September 9, 2014
Has grown very well and is a beautiful plant. Ours is more pink than I expected -- not sure if it has to do with the soil type but it's a magenta color instead of the deep purple we expected.
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
I bought three of these last summer. They bloomed the first year, within a month or two of planting. This summer they are covered in blooms for the second time this year. This year's blooms are darker than the first year. I love them
January 1, 2013
We were very happy with our purchase, we planted them right away, then the storm Sandy came, they survived very nicely. Then we had a cold snowy winter, in the spring they started growing and in late August they started bloomingTheir beautiful!!
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Product was received in good condition and appeared to be very healthy. I was not able to plant upon arrival due to extreme drought in Houston. Tree was kept alive in the pot all summer and over the winter. I just planted it 2 days ago and it is growing by the minute. If we continue to get rain it looks like it will do beautifully.
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
Shipping was fast! The tree is more pink then purple. Sure hope as it grows it turns more purple.
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Recived the Crape Myrtles in a timely fashion and They are growing well.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
mine is blooming now after planting it last fall. Its gorgeous! And the company does an amazing job of shipping them too!
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
It bloomed a few weeks after i planted it! beautiful and very healthy trees!
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
This tree has performed beautifully and is exactly what I expected.
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Twilight Crape Myrtle

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Twilight Crape Myrtle.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Twilight Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Twilight Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Dark purple and very hardy in Texas heat
Lacy M on Oct 11, 2016
I need small trees in the front and side of my yard to provide better attraction for a bare area where larger trees were removed. This tree looks beautiful and I hope it will improve the curb appeal in my landscape.
Sonya W on Oct 4, 2016
Dark purple and very hardy in Texas heat
Lacy M on Oct 11, 2016
I like the color if my wife were still with me she would have liked it
phillip h on Oct 8, 2016
I need small trees in the front and side of my yard to provide better attraction for a bare area where larger trees were removed. This tree looks beautiful and I hope it will improve the curb appeal in my landscape.
Sonya W on Oct 4, 2016
I think this is such a pretty tree I wanted to have one in my yard.
Mary Catherine V on Oct 3, 2016
Mainly the color.
Frederick M on Oct 3, 2016
purple flowers, landscaping
Denise B on Oct 2, 2016
James C on Oct 1, 2016
Color and growth rate
Charlotte S on Sep 29, 2016
I have white and lilac crape myrtles and thought the dark purple color would complement them very nicely. I had some delivered from another company and they were fuchsia, not the deep purple color of these plants! I was disappointed, so I am ordering these. I will transplant the fuchsia crapes somewhere else.
T S on Sep 27, 2016
I wanted a tree that kept its leaves all winter. Wanted a lilac tree and this looks like one but doesn't loose it's leaves!!!!
June R on Sep 26, 2016
I wanted a beautiful tree to look at when I look out my window, also, I'm planting this tree for privacy.
I see these trees all over my city and they are beautiful. I know they will do well in my climate.
Michelle S on Sep 22, 2016
I vacation in Cape May, NJ each summer and always love looking at the hundreds (thousands?) of gorgeous crape myrtles there. Have always wanted my own. Adore this color and it's supposed to be very hardy. Can't wait to have a bit of the shore in my own yard!
Judith F on Sep 18, 2016
It's a present for my boyfriend. It was his grandfathers favorite tree
Amanda L on Sep 15, 2016
The floral beauty of the deep purple flowers are brilliant. Hard to find at local stores.
Nancy P on Sep 15, 2016
Beautifully shaped tree with large flower clusters.
Shirley S on Sep 14, 2016
again it looks nice and the color is perfect
mary h on Sep 14, 2016
Same as above
KIRKOR U on Sep 13, 2016
She saw them in texas and loved them. She wanted some for her home.
Tracy A on Sep 12, 2016
I chose this as a memorial gift and you had the dark purple crepe Myrtle.
Donna C on Sep 9, 2016
I have been looking far and wide for Crape Myrtle Bushes in Wa.State,did not find any,until I found "Fast Growing TreesInc."
Rose M. I on Sep 8, 2016
Long flower show and perfect size for front yard.
Ranjna S on Sep 7, 2016
Color and size for my landscaping of my home.
ART O on Sep 6, 2016
Love color
Kathryn H on Sep 5, 2016
like the bright color
dawn g on Sep 5, 2016
Color is magnificent
Beverly C on Sep 1, 2016
Sandra H on Aug 31, 2016
we will see how things go
mike h on Aug 26, 2016
Zone 7
Sharon D on Aug 25, 2016
DIANE S on Aug 24, 2016
Love the shape and the large blooms, and I wanted a purple one.
Billy C on Aug 23, 2016
Love the purple. Hopefully this will fill in an area and add the color it needs.
Susan K on Aug 19, 2016
I love love the color I have bought 4 of your crepe Myrtle and they are all flourishing Thanks.
Jean T on Aug 16, 2016
I chose this tree because of the promised color and mature height/width. I'm using this for some added privacy next to my deck. The color, as shown, will add some visual interest to my yard as well.
LaVonne P on Aug 16, 2016
We have been looking for a deep purple Crepe Myrtle for a while before finding it here. It is absolutely beautiful and my wife can't wait to receive it; This is her favorite color and to see it blooming will make her smile.
Lee S on Aug 15, 2016
I bought 2 red ones but I want purple. This is the only place I could find it.
Debra H on Aug 14, 2016
The intense violet should be a good addition to my landscape
Joan B on Aug 13, 2016
Love the color
Lori L on Aug 12, 2016
Color and hardiness of the plant.
BRANDI S on Aug 12, 2016
Makes for a great addition to our landscape!
Steve B on Aug 12, 2016
Vibrant colored flowers
Kevin I on Aug 8, 2016
Was looking for deep purple color for years...hopefully this will not disappoint, drought tolerant and a less maintenance landscape to outline property.
Waltraud B on Aug 6, 2016
PAMELA C on Aug 5, 2016
Looks to be a beautiful crape myrtle. Will definitely add some color to my yard.
Thomas L N on Aug 3, 2016
sooo pretty
elizabeth g on Aug 2, 2016
Same as above.
Edward G on Jul 23, 2016
Color, size and general esthetics to specific area of landscape.
JOY S on Jul 3, 2016
Pretty, will add some color but the size and shape work well to add some privacy. We are using trees to create privacy and shade spots.
Clarence H on Jul 2, 2016
Never had these before, hope they will provide shade and color in areas that can't have big trees.
Pamela F on Jul 1, 2016
It reminds me of the lilacs I loved growing up in New York!
Mary B on Jun 29, 2016
I chose this tree b/c its grows well in my area. I wanted purple & couldn't find this color locally.
Amanda M on Jun 26, 2016
I like the color if my wife were still with me she would have liked it
phillip h on Oct 8, 2016
I think this is such a pretty tree I wanted to have one in my yard.
Mary Catherine V on Oct 3, 2016
Does this tree do well in Maryland?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2014
Can you propagate new crape myrtle trees from trimmings?
LISA R on Mar 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, cut a twig you left on the tree in the spring before it shoots, put it in posting compost, water every day and leave it in full sun. It should grow.
How many feet/inches (approximately) will these trees grow per year?
Holly K on Mar 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine grew like Tom H's...about 4'-0". Their 2nd year and probably about 15'-0" high now, with lots of blooms.
I live in Bradenton,Florida area 9.
do you have the plants that are 6-8 ft tall?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The largest plants that we carry are 5 to 6 ft tall. Currently we only have 3 to 4 ft tall Twilight Crapes available.
Is this tree OK for PA, close to MD line??
Ed K on Jul 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Pa is a little too cold for this Tree. It doesn't do well outside of zone 7.

Want 20-50 Twilight Crepe Myrtle. single trunk trees

Can you supply?
John P on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Please contact a sales representative at 888-504-2001.
JUANITA on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You could ,but you would be taking a chance. Depending on the heat index, it would need a lot of water, but you could also over water and rot the roots. Safer to wait till Fall to plant.
Will this tree grow in cold spring, NY...lower hudson valley? If not what do you recommend as a substitute? really love all the flowers and that it is deer resistant.
Carolyn P on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This tree is not recommended for you area. I would suggest a Red Rocket Crape Myrtle or a Kwanzan Cherry tree.
how big is the plant delivered?
julia on Aug 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The 4 to 5 ft tree is at least 4 feet tall and anywhere between 4 to 5 ft tall. Unfortunately our tree sizes aren't uniform because each tree is unique with it's own growth rate and pattern.
Will this grow well in Washington State? Also, does the leaves all drop during fall season?
Emilie C on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Louisiana (zone 9) so I can't say if this tree would do well in Washington State. I can tell you that the ones I got last year have suffered quite a bit from aphids this year in spite of being sprayed. I waited to spray until the infestation became apparent so next year, I plan to being treating them as soon as they start leaving out.

The trees definitely drop all their leaves in the fall. I absolutely loved the purple flowers this summer until the aphids severely reduced the amount of sunlight that the leaves were getting. I bought 5 trees last fall and decided to add one more this spring. Comparing the ones I bought last fall with the one I got this spring, I would recommend buying them in the fall so the roots have time to get established in the ground before the demands of the following summer.
When. Is the best. Time. To plant, is aug ok?
Sutt yy on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well,that is dependant upon your location really. Here in SE Texas it's far too hot and we are experiencing drought conditions. However, I love this shade of CM so my husband and I are tempted to take advantage of the sale and availability (this shade is notoriously sold ou), and babying them on the porch until cooler days. Check w/local agricultural resources regarding planting times for your specific area. You'll lone this Myrtle, we have nine.
Will this crepe myrtle tolerate the heat and sandy soil in central Florida?
Kathy L on Jun 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This depends on your exact location in central Florida. If you're in zone 9 this Crape will do perfect in your area, however in you're in zone 10 you'll need more more heat tolerant tree. Enter your zip code after clicking the link below to find out what growing zone you're in. Crape Myrtles can tolerate a huge variety of different soils, and grow perfectly fine in sandy soil.

Looking to see if this is a Whitney Hybrid?
Christine on Jul 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Twilight Crape Myrtle Tree is not a Whitney Hybrid. Ours is the Lagerstroemia indica variety.
Does this grow on the Oregon coast?
Susie on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These do beautifully on the 5he Oregon coast. I'm inland oregon and buying one Because of the ones I saw on the Southern coast of OR.
Is it an ever green tree?
Laura M on Sep 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No it is deciduous, so it will loose it leaves in the winter.
Will this thrive in Seattle Washington? Also, what month is best to plant the starter plant.
Emilie C on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't know if this crape will grow in Seattle, but the one I have, which I bought in December of 2014 was planted in the December I bought it: it was dry root,small and quite healthy. Now it is blooming and is very lush and pretty and about 7'-0" tall. Covered with dark purple flowers, it lights up the garden that was bare and quite ugly when we moved in. I live in Bradenton a town in zone 9 on the west coast of southern Florida.
But I do know this company stands behind there products and I would recommend them most highly.
I don't think they would sell you something that wouldn't do well in your location. The crapes I have (all from this company) are in full flower and I get nothing but compliments from my neighbors about these trees.
They replace plants immediately. I had an Empress tree that seemed to do well at first but died. I informed them, they were very apologetic and sent me a replacement very soon. The replacement looks quite good now.
I think any plant is better planted dry root...the roots develop and then the leaves.when the weather is warmer. I planted all my crapes...I bought 14.. dry root in the Florida winter and they are doing beautifully.
Beautiful flowers and wonderful flowery smell.
When do you plant?
David E on Aug 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: David, I don't know if there is a better time to plant; we planted ours in March. It is doing very well and blooms abundantly.
what are the crapemyrtle shurbs color being offered to me I live in Portland ,Oregon ?
lisa w on Aug 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Deep purple color compared to others. Fast growing trees were quite candid and quickly replaced broken ones at shipping. I am very satisfied and planning to order some more.
Is this tree safe for pets?
Wendy on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have a Wheaton terrier that does not seem interested in it. We also have red crape myrtles in the yard
There have been several posts that the color is actually pink. Is this correct? I am looking for a purple crape for my landscape business. The Purple Majic is smaller than I'd like. Please let me know if the color is indeed what is pictured or if it's actually pink. Thanks, Heather
Heather B on Jul 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The picture is the actual color, I'm very happy with it
Will this tree grow in Okeechobee, FL?
Denise M on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
this plant will be planted in northern indiana. will it servive 10below zero temps?
margaret r on Aug 11, 2015
The Twilight Crape Myrtle is zoned 7-9. Northern Indiana is zoned 5a-5b. It would not survive your winters.
will this tree survive on Long Island NY?
tom d on Aug 7, 2015
Long Island is zoned 6-7 so it would depend on where you are located. You can google hardiness map for new york and find your location. This crape is zoned 7-9. If you need further help please call our sales department 1 888 504-2001. Thank you
Would this tree do well in a courtyard or is the root structure going to lift pavers?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My tree is still very young, about 3 feet tall and it does have a large root system. I'm not sure it would do well with pavers as it is an invasive tree . You should keep this at least 3 feet from sidewalks, etc, and 10 feet from houses, garages etc.
will the crepe myrtle roots damage water pipes?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would believe any type of roots could damage any type of piping, but for the past two years I havent had any problems with my crepe myrtle.
Will this tree do well in West Virginia?
Marie W on Aug 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Twilight Crape Myrtle if good for Zones 7 to 9 and is cold hardy to 10 degrees F.
Will it grow in Northeast Phila ?
Terry on Jun 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Twilight Crape Myrtle grows in Zones 7 to 9 and is cold hardy down to 10 degrees F.
Can I plant the tree in DE? If yes, Is June too late for it to be planted in DE?
Wei H on May 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
With extra care you can plant in the summer, by planting in the evening after the sun goes down, so it will not get leaf burn. Giving it extra water and putting a 3-4 inch of mulch (keeping a few inches away from the trunk) to help retain moisture during hot dry weather.
Will this tree do well if planted with more than one tree in the hole?
Chet W on Dec 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant more than one tree in a hole.
Why can't you ship to AZ?
Kathryn R on Oct 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.

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