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Tuscarora Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle
If stunning floral display is your number one criteria, Tuscarora Crape Myrtle will most likely be your pick. More details below!

Tuscarora Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle

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Tuscarora Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tuscarora'

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 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

If stunning floral display is your number one criteria, Tuscarora Crape Myrtle will most likely be your pick. This all-time favorite beauty produces an abundance of bright, watermelon red colored flower clusters for up to 120 days of summer. As with all other Fauriei Hybrids, Tuscarora is totally mildew resistant. Topping out at 15-20 feet in height, Tuscarora is a great selection for use in small groupings or as a single specimen, as a colorful screen or hedge, on the corners to frame in homes and other structures, or planted on both sides of an entryway.


Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 15-20 feet tall depending on pruning, and 10-15 feet or so wide, Tuscarora 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:  10' for solid hedge; 20' 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.




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree, Fauriei Hybrid
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity:  10-15'
Spacing:  10' for hedge or screen, 20'+ for space in between
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad Canopy, Rounded Canopy, Weeping Branches
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Bright 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:  Orange, Red
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Bark Color:  Grey, Tan
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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