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Early Bird™ Purple Crape Myrtle

Early Bird™ Purple Crape Myrtle

(Lythraceae Lagerstroemia Hybrid Early Bird Purple JD827' PP22718)
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    Noteworthy Characteristics

    If you love crape myrtles, you're gonna love Early Bird Purple. It's one of three in a unique series of semi-dwarf, early blooming crape myrtles. It's outstanding features and performance in the landscape earned it a spot in the the Southern Living Plant Collection! Whereas most crape myrtle start blooming in June at the earliest, the Early Bird Crape Myrtles start blooming a month earlier in May!

    Uses

    Early Bird Purple is useful in sunny areas of your landscape as a specimen or in groups to provide a larger splash of color. Also useful in flowering shrub borders or as a colorful natural hedge. 

    Culture & Care Tips

    Early Bird Purple is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. Light shade is tolerated but with diminished blooming. All varieties of Early Bird Crape Myrtles have shown very good resistance to powdery mildew.


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    Most Helpful Reviews

    Early Bird Purple

    August 18th 2014
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    by - Palm Coast, Florida

    This Crape Myrtle arrived in good condition and was planted the same day. It's a very pretty purple flower with green leaves and true to the picture. It has rained a lot here in Florida but this Crape is holding up well. I also have an early bird lavender that is doing well. Be sure and plant in a sunny spot with good drainage. Gardener Direct shipped immediately and packed well!

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Diane - Thanks so much for taking the time time to provide us and visitors to Gardener Direct with your review and your helpful, accurate tips. Sun and well-drained soil is exactly what the Early Bird crape myrtles need to perform their best. We're happy to hear the purple one is doing well, and that the lavender one you purchased and planted previously is doing well there in FL. The one's in our gardens here in mid Georgia are doing great as well. They were planted spring of 2013 and bloomed lightly the first year but have put on a spectacular show this year (2014). We deadhead them after the first flush of flowers and they're in full bloom again now (mid-August). So far, the Early Birds are demonstrating themselves to be another fine and dependable selection from the Southern Living Plant Collection. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service!

    Replaced Other Early Bird Purple Too Soon!!!

    June 8th 2014
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    by - Newfield, New Jersey

    I submitted a review for a beautiful Early bird dwarf I purchased last year. After a terribly, unusually bitter cold winter here in southern NJ, I thought my little beauty had not weathered the winter. Because this is such a plentiful, long blooming plant with an absolutely gorgeous color, I ordered another one to replace the plant I thought was dead. My husband encouraged me to give 'her' more time, but I was afraid if I waited there wouldn't be any more stock available for this year. As with the 1st Myrtle, this one too arrived in excellent condition. Lots of green (I'm assuming the buds were cut back for shipping) and a beautiful shape. It still hasn't developed buds yet, but I'm confident it will. Back to my 1st Myrtle...to my amazement, this little girl is pushing out strong, sturdy branches from the base!! Now I'll have TWO of these little beauties in my garden; one in the back garden and the original one up front by the mailbox. This winter I'll install a burlap "blind" around the two plants. In case we have another tough winter, the shelter may prevent a total die back. Don't hesitate to order this plant; you'll not regret it!!!

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Linda - Thanks so much for the feedback. One, we are happy to hear that your second Early Bird arrived in good condition and, two, the one planted last year that you thought might have been killed by the abnormally cold temps over the winter is coming back strong. This is very important information for us...to know that the Early Birds are that cold hardy. In our gardens here in mid Georgia the Early Birds are just now starting to bloom (June 8), which is a month later than normal. This was caused from the late cool weather we had during spring. Being that you're in Pennsylvania, it may be a few more weeks before Early Birds start blooming there this season. Last year, ours bloomed for almost the entire summer. When the first round finished we snipped of the spent flowers and they bloomed again! Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service.

    Long blooming & beautiful...till 2013/14 NJ Winter came!!!

    May 13th 2014
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    by - Newfield, New Jersey

    I live in growing zone 7/6 in southern NJ, which I knew was sort of pushing the cold hardiness envelope. The unusually cold past winter was more than she could deal with! ugh, I was so heart-broken, I purchased another one! Before this winter I'll try a burlap "shield" by dropping stakes in the ground and attaching burlap around it. I had to do that for a few winter seasons with a Catawba Myrtle when it was still small and it worked fine. Now it's a large tree! I didn't bother last winter because we've been having more "moderate" winters (snow, but no zero temps) lately. Anyway, if you live in a safer growing zone, you will not be disappointed with this awesome plant! I had mine planted near the mailbox and every time the mail lady delivered mail, she would go on about how gorgeous it was! Tons of blooms and very long lasting. It started early and lasted thru till my Catawba Myrtle bloomed the end of July/beginning of August! Can't wait to get my 'replacement' in a few days!!! BTW: GardenerDirect.com did an outstanding job shipping the plants (I bought more than one type of plant and both arrived in perfect condition)! Thank you!

    Reply from Gardener Direct:

    Hi Linda - Thanks for providing this feedback. The Early Birds are very nice crape myrtles that live up to their name: blooming earlier, yet, longer than any other crape myrtles we know of. It's always a downer to lose such a great plant. It's a downer to us just to hear about it. None of us expected the abnormally cold winter we got in the eastern U.S.. Unfortunately, some otherwise hardy plants suffered damage or were killed. At our location in Zone 8A of mid Georgia, we experienced low of 5 degrees F, which put us in Zone 7A. We didn't suffer too many plant losses however there was some damage to newly planted plants in our gardens. Lots of pruning was in order. This occurence was more extreme in zones further north. If the coming winter is anything like last winter, your plan to insulate the plant during the coldest periods of winter should help. Let us know how the Early Bird Crape Myrtle does this coming winter. Let's keep our fingers crossed that we don't have a repeat!