Tonto Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto'

SKU
05635
Large clusters of soft-textured fuchsia-red blooms on a semi-dwarf, multi-stemmed shrub. Foliage turns a luscious orange-red in fall for exquisite cool season color. Smooth, colorful peeling bark adds year-round interest. Resists mildew, and is heat and drought tolerant. Ideal as a landscape accent or container specimen. Deciduous.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh fa-ru-EE-i
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Easy Care, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Lilyturf (Liriope); False Heather (Cuphea); Agapanthus (Agapanthus); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis)

Thrives in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Feed in early spring. Thin young trees late winter to early spring; leave 3 to 7 main trunks or canopy branches. Remove suckers from the base of older trees.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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