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Tuscarora Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle
'Tuscarora' is one of the famous 'Fauriei Hybrid' Crape Myrtle which are totally resistant to powdery mildew. Tuscarora's rich-green foliage provides a wonderful backdrop for the gorgeous 6-7 inch long clusters of bright, watermelon pinkish-red flowers throughout most of summer and into early fall. Get all the details below!

Tuscarora Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle

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Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tuscarora'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, 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

'Tuscarora' is one of the famous 'Fauriei Hybrid' Crape Myrtle which are totally resistant to powdery mildew. Tuscarora's rich-green foliage provides a wonderful backdrop for the gorgeous 6-7 inch long clusters of bright, watermelon pinkish-red flowers throughout most of summer and into early fall. The beautiful fall leaf color is glowing orange-red. The exfoliating bark in shades of grey, tan, brown and green provide interest after the leaves drop in fall.

No more problems with powdery mildew! Because Tuscarora 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 15-20 feet tall depending on pruning, and 15 feet wide, Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is best grown as a tree and ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or in single or staggered rows to line a driveway, property line or street. It is also nice to frame in the corners of tall home or other structures. That said, it can also be grown in large containers or planters. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings this is one summer flowering tree that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  10 to 12 feet apart for solid screen; 18 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Tuscarora 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: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree, Fauriei Hybrid
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  15'
Spacing:  10-12' for solid hedge or screen, 18'+ for space in between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad Canopy, Rounded Canopy, Slightly Arching
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Watermelon Pinkish-Red
Flowering Period:  Early to Mid-Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Flower Type:  Single flowers in large rounded to elongated clusters
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fall Foliage Color:  Orange Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Gray, Tan, Brown & Green
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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