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Tonto Red Crape Myrtle - 3 Gallon Pot
Tonto Crape Myrtle is a year-round color factory producing an abundance of striking, 6-7" watermelon-red (bright magenta) flower clusters on a globe-shaped canopy. Get all the details below!

Tonto Red Crape Myrtle - 3 Gallon Pot

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Tonto Red Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Crape Myrtle variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Tonto Crape Myrtle is a year-round color factory producing an abundance of  striking, 6 to 7 inch clusters of watermelon-red (bright magenta) flowers on a globe-shaped canopy for up to 120 days during summer. Features dark green foliage turning deep red to reddish purple in fall and attractive beige bark which exfoliates with age.

No more problems with powdery mildew! Because Tonto is a 'Fauriei Hybrid', it is totally resistant to powdery mildew; an unsightly disease which shows up during summer as a white powdery substance that covers the leaves on many other types of crape myrtle.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet or so wide, the Tonto Crape Myrtle is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, as a hedge. Its medium size lends well to smaller garden spaces and pots, planters and other containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree that serves well as a focal point specimen in landscape borders or home foundation plantings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one crape myrtle that packs a punch of color in the landscape. A fine addition to red theme gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  5 to 6 feet apart for solid hedge; 14 feet or more apart for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Tonto Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained soil of average fertility and full to mostly sun. Light shade is tolerated but flowering will be diminished in more shade. Has shown excellent resistance to powdery mildew and is quite drought tolerant when established. No pruning necessary however lowe branches can be removed to form a highly attractive small tree.

Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for Crape Myrtle trees.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree, Fauriei Hybrid
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  5-6' apart for solid hedge; 14'+ apart for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad Canopy, Rounded Canopy, Weeping Branches
Growth Rate:  Moderate, Fast
Flower Color:  Watermelon Red
Flowering Period:  Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Reddish Purple
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Grey
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Moderate Drought, Heat

Plant Long & Prosper!

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