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Tonto Red Crape Myrtle
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. More details below!

Tonto Red Crape Myrtle

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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 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, 6-7" watermelon-red (bright magenta) flower clusters 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 10-12 feet tall depending on pruning, and 6-8 feet or so wide, Tonto Crape Myrtle is an ideal selection for smaller garden spaces, and containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree, making it an excellent choice for use as a specimen or accent in sunny home foundation plantings or landscape borders. Also makes a very colorful hedge and is spectacular in groupings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one plant that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  5' for solid hedge; 10' for space between plants




Cultural Preferences
Tonto Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow. It is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. A moist but well-drained soil of average fertility is preferred. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. 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.




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get 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:  6-8'
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



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