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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

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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 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, and also, as a stunning stand-alone ornamental 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 Lagerstroemia 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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Small plants . ( twilight crape myrtle )
Plants very small about 16 “. Still hope they make it. Only look like small sticks coming out of the ground. They are looking far better now than when I first received them .other plants that I bought were much healthier & larger. Enduring summer & dynamite crape myrtledoing fine.
July 16, 2018
7 months ago
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Only had for a month but there doing great!! Already grown since planting. Can’t wait to see how they will look this time next year
June 30, 2018
7 months ago
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I didn’t like the fact that it was only 1’ tall, I can’t give it a review till, it gets big enough to bloo.
Well right now it’s only 1’ tall, it will take a while before it even gets big enough to bloom, so I can’t say right now. So because it is so small and I can’t say what it will look like, I really can’t give it a review.
June 23, 2018
7 months ago
Bought along with other crapes a few seasons back. They all have taken off and are easy to care for once established. Best of all deer do not like them!
June 21, 2018
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Twilight Crepe Myrtle
I think I received some damaged plants after a tough winter. They never put any growth on the 2ft stems and I had to remove them and buy hardier plants at the nursery. These things happen from time to time so in no way does it reflect on the great plants I received last year which are hardy and doing fine.
June 19, 2018
11 months ago
Growing Zone:
Still young, but growing!
It is still small, about 4 feet tall. It hasn't bloomed yet, I think it is too young to do that. Perhaps next year!
May 27, 2018
1 year ago
nice but not crepe myrtle
While this plant arrived in good condition and was planted in the fall, did well this spring and has finally bloomed, it is NOT a crepe myrtle. It is a beautiful violet hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon. I am happy with it, especially since I am sure it will survive in my growing zone. I was suspicious of the leaves this spring, and had my doubts confirmed today. Beautiful big violet open hibiscus type flower with a hot pink throat, very pretty.
July 17, 2017
Growing Zone:
Twilight crape myrtle
Planted at the end of August. Seems to be hardy and growing well. I will know more in the spring.
October 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Pretty tree
So far so good. Can't wait for it to bloom next year. I'm going to wrap it in burlap to protect it this winter.
October 5, 2016
Philly, PA
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
September 30, 2016
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

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

Twilight Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions

The Twilight Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Twilight') is a fast growing tree gaining anywhere from 3-5 feet a year in growth. Recommended for FULL SUN in USDA growing zones 7-9, with proper care, this crape myrtle will reach a mature height of 20-25 feet and width of 10-20 feet. The leaves that emerge in late spring will be bronze in color and then turn to a deep green during the summer months. Large, royal purple blooms appear in June that stay on your tree all through summer and the bark will also shed its gray appearance to reveal a light pink bark underneath. This will eventually turn into a reddish brown color. Once fall comes, the leaves will start turning to shades of yellow, orange and/or burgundy and will eventually fall off to prepare for winter dormancy.  

Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or it may not bloom at all. The Twilight is very adaptable to many soil types so just be sure that the area you’re looking to plant has adequate drainage when watering.

Planting directions:
1) After you have found your planting area, make your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Carefully remove the myrtle’s root ball from the container. Lightly tapping the container around the bottom will help free it up without causing too much damage to the root system.
3) Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk(s) of the tree) is level with the soil surface. Crapes need to be able to pull oxygen into their root systems so covering them too much may inhibit their growth.
5) Tamp down the soil lightly as you backfill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming and then water after you’ve finished to settle the soil.
6) Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds and grasses from growing.

Watering: Myrtles are quite drought tolerant but may need a bit more attention with watering during the hot summer season. Depending on your soil, there may need to be more frequent waterings, especially those with very sandy soils. After planting, water regularly to start. If the climate is hot you may need to water up to five times weekly especially in lighter soils. During the cooler seasons you’ll only need to water once weekly. Proper soil moisture is important in the hot season so that you’ll have a healthier tree and better looking blooms.

Pruning: Crape pruning is always a “mixed bag” if asking anyone when and how to prune. “Crape murder” is a common term heard with those who go far beyond what is necessary when trimming their myrtles. Prune in the late winter before any of the growth begins. If done in the late fall you will jeopardize the tree’s dormancy state which can lead to the tree dying. Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens infect the tree and always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle.

Some prefer to chop off all of the branches at a uniformed height every year leaving the stubs for the winter season that form a ball of growth in the springtime. This is good for height control and a uniformed border but can commonly result in knobby stems and bunchy growths that are easily susceptible to disease and aphid pests. This is where the term “crape murder” comes into play. Only a light pruning of the myrtle is needed to encourage plenty of blooms but “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when it comes to choosing the shape of your crapes.

For a more graceful tree shape, remove all but 4-5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom ½ of the tree. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs. Try not to over prune too early, do your basic pruning then allow the tree to grow a bit and then continue shaping over time. Remove any damaged, diseased, or crossing branches during the late winter. Also be sure to remove any suckers or low growths to prevent your crape from looking more shrub-like.

Fertilizing: Your Twilight Crape will greatly benefit from an annual feeding of a high nitrogen fertilizer such as a 20-10-10 slow release formula in the early spring season. If you care to fertilize twice, feed the tree again roughly two months later. Slow release fertilizer will cut back on sucker growths but be aware, excessive fertilizing can lead to tree and limb growth but will inhibit the blooms from forming due to excess amounts of nitrogen.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I’ve seen dark purple crape myrtles here and there but never could find them in the local nurseries. I have wanted one for years and was thrilled to see them here. This will compliment my pink and light purple crape myrtles beautifully!
Beverly T on Jul 15, 2018
My husband wanted it...
Maria C on May 29, 2018
I’ve seen dark purple crape myrtles here and there but never could find them in the local nurseries. I have wanted one for years and was thrilled to see them here. This will compliment my pink and light purple crape myrtles beautifully!
Beverly T on Jul 15, 2018
Bought the Tonto Crape Myrtle about 2 or 3 years ago. It has turned out to be a beautiful tree. I like this color and also bought my Mom one of these.
Mark E on Jul 1, 2018
My husband wanted it...
Maria C on May 29, 2018
Diana A on Mar 5, 2018
Love the color!
Ann T on Mar 1, 2018
Joy B on Feb 25, 2018
best looking crepe myrtle
Larry C on Feb 19, 2018
Will go nicely with my established crepe myrtles. Perfect color.
Craig M on Feb 19, 2018
Just what we were looking for. A beautiful centerpiece for our yard.
Brooke E on Feb 14, 2018
Carol B on Feb 13, 2018
like the color
Marc N on Feb 12, 2018
I Love Crape Myrtle's and my favorite color is purple. This is a beautiful deep shade of purple and I was really excited to find it on your site. Can't wait to plant it.
Donna S on Jan 30, 2018
For my Bees.
RICKY H on Jan 25, 2018
Michael E on Dec 13, 2017
Wife likes the color Purple plus we have a small back yard and didn't want to plant anything too tall or too wide.
Phil R on Dec 11, 2017
Its beautiful!!
Jo P on Dec 10, 2017
drought resistant for california
wendy f on Dec 9, 2017
Doris B on Dec 1, 2017
See note above.
Donald S on Nov 23, 2017
Color and availability.
Nancy H on Nov 18, 2017
Love the color and always wanted 1 that is why i ordered 3 lol my dads favorite tree to
wendy w on Nov 16, 2017
Color variety in yard.
Babak S on Nov 15, 2017
Kenneth G on Oct 31, 2017
Sheila W on Oct 27, 2017
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
Bought the Tonto Crape Myrtle about 2 or 3 years ago. It has turned out to be a beautiful tree. I like this color and also bought my Mom one of these.
Mark E on Jul 1, 2018
Diana A on Mar 5, 2018
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.
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.
JUANITA on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I'm not an expert, but I believe you can plant now if you keep it watered.
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.
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.
Will this tree grow in Central Kentucky?
Coach on Jul 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
When does it start to have new growth in spring? I planted last fall but no signs of new life yet. Live in pa
Mike C on Apr 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have 2 Twilight Myrtle shrubs I planted last year here in southern Virginia. One already has small leaves, and the other shows no sign of new growth yet. I am assuming that this is because our weather has been cooler than usual this spring.
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.
How long out of the year does it flower?
Thurman R on Jul 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have to be honest - I bought mine YEARS ago from here, and it has grown maybe one foot, and has never flowered. I also bought another tree from here, and it's grown all of two feet in the same amount of time. Fast growing trees - NOT.
How many months of bloom in zone 9?
Fer R on Jun 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Just planted mine this spring. But normally they bloom from June till it frost here in east Tennessee.
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.
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.
Will this grow well in Washington State? Also, does the leaves all drop during fall season?
Emilie C on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in. Yes they will lose their leaves in the winter.
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
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.
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 the crepe myrtle roots damage water pipes?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
Have a young 5 foot grapefruit tree—can I plant crape myrtle in same place after removing grapefruit tree?
Jan J on Feb 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would think so, Just put in a good soil mix and I recommend their added nutriments for a good start. I love the color of mine. I also purchased a red "tonto crepe myrtle" from them and it's doing extremely well. Enjoy them !!!!
I live in Zone 5 - NY, am interested in Twlight Crape Myrtle tree will it survive with extra mulch and bedding in the winter/colder months?
Hunter101 on Sep 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Zones for the Twilight Crape tree is 7 to 9. It is cold hardy down to 10 degrees F. We would not recommend you to plant this in a Zone 5.
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.
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.
Will this tree grow in zone 10? Oakland, CA?
Mary D on Oct 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend planting in a zone 10.
Is this tree deer resistant?
John K on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is is deer resistant. However if food is sparse pesky deer will eat anything.
Will this shrub grow ok in MO??
Julie M on May 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Why is my Twilight Crape Myrtle flower fuschia?
Melissa R on Aug 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: May guess is it's your soil! Many plants ar effected by the soil or fertilizer uses on them! The color may change again!


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