Tonto Crape Myrtle Tree

Product Description

Line your landscape with this brilliant Tonto Crape Myrtle tree for lush pinkish red flowers all summer long!

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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 early fall. The Tonto crape myrtle fall color can include shades of red, orange, and yellow. During winter, the leaves that turn colors will fall from this deciduous tree.

The National Arboretum presents the 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. They have an exceptionally long bloom time. The crepe myrtle Tonto has colorful peeling bark that accentuates the large clusters of flowers.

The tonto crape myrtle size makes it an excellent choice for a low informal hedge. A row of layered crape myrtle trees will provide beauty and privacy in your landscape. Makes the perfect choice for a specimen planting as well.

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 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 making it perfect for small planting spaces. Most gardeners grow this as a tonto crape myrtle shrub because of its short height and bushy stature.

It prefers well drained soil and is resistant to powdery mildew and other disease resistance such as leaf spot. A very easy to care for tree!

To plant the Tonto myrtle, dig a hole the size of the nursery container. Backfill with soil and mulch thoroughly for best results. Learn How to Properly Prune a Crape Myrtle in our blog and avoid a method of pruning we call crape murder.

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!

Botanical Name

Lagerstromia indica 'Tonto'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color Pink-Red
Foliage Color Green
Mature Height 8-15 ft
Mature Width 6-10 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy flowers
  • Drought tolerant
  • Disease resistant
  • Semi-dwarf size

Shipping Info

Once your Tonto Crape Myrtle Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Tonto Crape Myrtles can tolerate minimal shade, but flowering and growth will be most ideal in full sun. They grow well in most average, well-drained soil types and are quite drought tolerant but should be watered regularly during their first year until established.

Blooms develop on new growth; so spent blooms should be trimmed to allow a second or even third blooming, depending on the length of the season in your zone. Suckers, or branch growth that develops at the base of the tree should be removed. Heavier pruning of the branches themselves should be avoided until the tree is 3 or more years old unless branches are crossing one another or growing toward structures. In which cases, they should be removed at their base.

Click here for our more extensive Crape Myrtle Grow Guide


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Tonto Crape Myrtle, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

3 reviews for Tonto Crape Myrtle Tree

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  1. Mr Andy Bateman

    The tonto trees i bought to provide some color in my backyard and added to my privacy screen

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you for your kinda words on our tonto crape myrtle. We are glad you are pleased.

  2. Amma Ray

    I have a very long 1/3 mile driveway leading to my house that I have lined with these Tonto crape myrtles. They have not bloomed yet and I was told it may not happen until next growing season so the roots can establish. Looking forward to these gorgeous pink flowers!

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Amma, a slow release fertilizer in early spring will encourage those pink flowers to bloom :)

  3. Carol Springer

    the tree had some spots but i picked them off and applied a fungicide. good to go

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Hey Carol, we are glad your tonto crape myrtle tree is looking good now! Just wait until next spring for those flowers!

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