Tonto Crape Myrtle
Tonto Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemi (indica × fauriei) 'Tonto'Item #5635 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Large clusters of soft-textured fuchsia-red blooms on a semi-dwarf form. The foliage turns a luscious orange-red in fall for exquisite cool season color. Smooth, colorful peeling bark provides year-round interest. Good mildew resistance along with excellent heat and drought tolerance make this an excellent choice for landscape accent or container specimen. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub 8 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast-growing, multi-stemmed shrub 8 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.