Mature Height: 8 - 10 ft ( can be maintained at shorter heights through regular trimming / pruning )
--Mature Width: 4 - 5 ft - occasionally wider if allowed to reach full mature height
--Growth Rate: Moderate to fast ( 14" - 18" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones: 7 - 10 - As with all Crape Myrtles, will suffer branch dieback at temps below 15 degrees.
--Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade - blooms best in full sun. Foliage color also best in full sun.
--Soil Preference: Average to slightly moist & fertile - well drained.
--Foliage Color & Texture: Excellent dark, dark purple leaf color - persisting all throughout the growing season in most all climates & locations. Newest growth slightly more reddish purple, but still very dark.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Nice snow white blooms typically starting in mid July, and lasting well into the latter part of September. Blooms leave behind a 1/4"- 1/2" diameter seed capsule which will oftentimes persist all the way through winter. Each seed capsule consists of 6 individual "compartments" - each contains many long, winged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects: Moonlight Magic is actually very resistant to most commonly Crape Myrtle problems, however any of the following are always still a possibility: Powdery mildew, black spot, sooty mold, tip blight, leaf spot (Cercospora spp. are the causal agents), Botryosphaeria canker, root rot, aphids, Japanese beetle, Asian ambrosia beetle and Florida wax scale are all problems that have been reported with Crape Myrtles. The most common problems encountered are powdery mildew, black spot, and aphids. Regular inspections, and treatments ( when necessary ), should be performed periodically throughout the growing season, so as to not allow any serious problems to take hold.
--Fertilization / Feeding: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.