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

Tuskegee Watermelon Red Crape Myrtle

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Tuskegee Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tuskegee'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10a  Find Your Zone

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

'Tuskegee' is one of the famous 'Fauriei Hybrid' Crape Myrtle which are totally resistant to powdery mildew. Tuskegee's rich-green foliage provides a wonderful backdrop for the large, 6-7 inch long clusters of vibrant, watermelon-red flowers throughout most of summer and into early fall. The beautiful fall leaf color is glowing orange-red. The light gray to tan bark is exfoliating, providing winter interest after the leaves drop in mid to late fall.

As mentioned, because Tuskegee 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 20-25 feet tall depending on pruning, and 15-20 feet wide, Tuskegee 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. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings this is a flowering tree that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  10 to 15 feet apart for screen; 22 feet or more apart for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Tuskegee 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-10a  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Tree, Fauriei Hybrid
Height at Maturity:  20-25'
Width at Maturity:  15-20'
Spacing:  10-15' for solid hedge or screen, 22'+ for space in between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Broad Canopy, Rounded Canopy, Arching
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Watermelon-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
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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