Line your landscape with this brilliant Tonto Crape Myrtle tree for lush pinkish red flowers all summer long!
A long bloom period of beautiful summer flowers, attractive fall foliage, and excellent drought-tolerance make this Crape Myrtle variety a favorite semi-dwarf variety for either formal or informal landscapes. The dark green foliage will stay vibrant from early spring until flower color diminishes in fall.
The National Arboretum presents Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tonto’ crape myrtle tree which has a vase shaped structure during the growing season. The bright red blooms appear in the early summer months and will last for months. The crepe myrtle Tonto has colorful peeling bark that accentuates the large clusters of flowers.
Tonto Crape Myrtle Care
The Tonto flowering tree grows best in full sun with rich, moist soil. But it will tolerate less ideal positions in the landscape just as well once it becomes established. Be sure to water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.
This small tree grows best across the United States in USDA growing zones 7-9. A true southern classic. It is only slightly cold hardy down to 20 degrees without winter protection.
The tonto crape myrtle growth rate is moderate. It can grow to be 8-15 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide branch span. It prefers well drained soil and has powdery mildew resistance and other disease resistant. A very easy to care for tree!
The addition of a slow release fertilizer at the top of the root ball will aid in the production of larger red flower clusters. Tree includes planting instructions.
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Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide for more information on planting and growing crepe myrtles!
Lagerstromia indica 'Tonto'
- Showy flowers
- Drought tolerant
- Disease resistant
- Semi-dwarf size