Southern Living Plant Collection

Early Bird™ Crape Myrtle Lavender

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True to its name, the Early Bird Crape Myrtle from the Southern Living Plant Collection begins blooming in May, often as early as Mother’s Day, which is considerably earlier than other June-July blooming crape myrtles. Not only is the Early Bird the first on the block to have blooms, it re-blooms for a total of around 100-120 days of eye-popping lavender color. The Early Bird Crape Myrtle Lavender is one of three beautiful varieties of early blooming, semi-dwarf crape myrtles. Traditionally only reaching heights of 5-8’ feet tall, the limited height of the Early Bird Crape Myrtles makes them a fantastic choice for an informal hedge. The emerald green leaves provide the perfect backdrop for the soft lavender flowers that emerge from tight, grape-like clusters. These flowers are delicate as well as stunning, and add a unique splash of color to any landscape. Find a sunny, or mostly sunny, spot to plant this amazing shrub and enjoy its symphony of blooms for years to come.

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Plant Name
Early Bird Crape Myrtle Lavender
Scientific Name
Lagerstroemia hybrids
Brand Name
Southern Living Plant Collection
Full sun to part shade
lavender blooms
Avg. Dimensions
5-8 feet H x 3-4 feet W
USDA Zones
USDA Zones 7-10
Well-drained garden soil
Water as needed
accent ornamental
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