• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Improved Disease Resistance
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThe reduced stature of this multi-branched shrub or small tree is perfectly scaled for smaller residential gardens. Feature in large containers as a patio or entry focal point. Good disease resistance ensures attractive foliage and abundant flowering with little care, making it well suited for mass planting in large-scale beds or as an informal hedge. Plant near pathways where the handsome, exfoliating trunk can lend interesting texture and appeal, especially during the dormant winter months.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring. Remove spent flower heads in summer to promote re-bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    In 1959, Dr. Donald Egolf began a program at the U.S. National Arboretum to develop disease resistance, hardiness, true flower color, recurrent flowering, and both shrub and tree type growth habits in Crape Myrtles. Germplasm of Lagerstroemia fauriei was collected in Japan by Dr. John Creech and distributed to the arboretum. This was discovered to be resistant to powdery mildew and to possess a unique, heritable, dark brown trunk color. L. fauriei was incorporated into the research program with great success. Twenty-seven cultivars have been released, 20 of which are L. indica x L. fauriei hybrids. The successful hybridization of Lagerstroemia indica with Lagerstroemia fauriei revolutionized the development of Crape Myrtle. In addition to field resistance to powdery mildew, the hybrids provide new trunk colors that in the future may be sought as much as the brilliant flowers. 'Tonto' was introduced in 1990 and is noted for its resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew.