Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

Product Description

The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle tree is a long-time favorite of ours due to its long period of breathtaking blooms and handsome fall foliage that accentuates any garden or landscape in no time!

The Lagerstroemia Tuscarora pink Crape Myrtle is unique for its dark coral pink flower clusters, red orange coloring in the fall. Another amazing feature is its smooth, mottled, light cinnamon brown bark. The Tuscarora crape myrtle color puts on an outstanding display in the spring and summer months.

The crape myrtle’s coral pink flowering bloom time peaks in August, when the summer heat has taken its toll on many other ornamental plants. The dark green summer foliage is a nice contrast to the bright flowers and adds year round interest.

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle Care

A great choice for southern gardeners. This fast growing tree thrives in USDA plant hardiness growing zones 7-9. The growth rate is moderate and it can grow up to 18 to 20 feet tall and 15 to 18 feet wide at maturity.

This crape myrtle Lagerstroemia indica variety has an extensive root system that requires lots of watering during the first year of planting. You may prune to a single trunk or let the tree grow to its natural shape. The tree shape will grow to the space you plant it in.

The Lagerstroemia Tuscarora tree is recommended for urban planting as it tolerates smaller planting sites, and is generally less cold tolerant than other crape myrtle varieties. Plant this specimen or street tree in full sun in well drained soil. Not picky on soil type and it is fairly drought tolerant once established.

It is powdery mildew resistant but the addition of slow release fertilizer will help protect from other diseases such as leaf spotting on the green foliage. Fertilize in early spring while the tree is actively growing at the top of the root ball. Grow this as a large shrub or small tree until it reaches maturity.

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Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide for more information on growing and planting crape myrtle trees!

Botanical Name

Lagerstroemia x ‘Tuscarora’

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color Red, deep coral
Foliage Color Green, red, orange
Mature Height 18-25 ft
Mature Width 15-18 ft
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Showy flowers
  • Fast growing
  • Drought tolerant
  • Fall color

Shipping Info

Once your Tuscarora Crape Myrtle 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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Care

TUSCARORA CRAPE MYRTLE CARE:

Tuscarora 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

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

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 Tuscarora 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!

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  1. Cami

    At first sight I was disappointed. Not much more than sticks in a pot. 6 months later they had quadrupled in size and flowering…
    Great value…

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  2. Me

    This crape myrtle tree came shipped perfectly in it’s box. Planting it ASAP because now is the best time to plant Tuscaroras in Georgia.

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