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Crape Myrtle, Tonto

Spice up your landscape with the resilient beauty of the ornamental Tonto Crape Myrtle and enjoy year-round bursts of effervescent color ranging from fuchsia flowers to magnificent maroon fall foliage…


What distinguishes the lovely Tonto Crape Myrtle?

  • Long-lasting foliage with spectacular fall color.

  • Rapid growth supported by a well-developed root structure.

  • Hardy and adaptable.

  • Moderate size, making it an optimal ornamental specimen for small yards and gardens.

  • Abundant annual blossoms that last from late spring to early autumn.



Keeping up appearances…

For an explosion of fantastic color without the hassle or hoarding size of a massive tree, look no further than the delightful Tonto Crape Myrtle. Maturing to a compact size of 8-15 ft., the deciduous Lagerstroemia Indica Tonto is easily cultivated as a multi-stemmed shrub or a small single-trunk tree with a graceful wide spread and red-tinged gray-barked branches. Its spring blossoms emerge in large clusters of vibrant fuchsia-crimson blooms and last throughout the summer; in the autumn, the Tonto Crape Myrtle’s foliage shifts to luscious hues of copper-red and orange, impeccably enlivening any landscape. Its exquisite coloration makes it an excellent ornamental specimen, either as a landscape accent or as a colorful privacy wall.


A friendly recommendation.

With a 6-9 hardiness zone rating, the flowering Tonto Crape Myrtle favors full sun, medium moisture, and well-drained soil. It has decent drought tolerance, is resilient against subzero temperatures and mildew, and has a commendable growth rate once established. It’s best pruned and shaped in the early spring when the tree is still dormant. The Tonto Crape Myrtle is lauded as the hardiest of the dwarf varieties cultivated at the National Arboretum.


Awesome tree trivia!

  • Lagerstromia Indica Tonto is one of several hybrids developed at the aforementioned National Arboretum; like its Sioux Crape Myrtle counterpart, it has been given a Native American tribe name.
  • Its common name—Tonto Crape Myrtle—pays tribute to both the crepe-paper-esque quality of its blossoms and the myrtle-like features that characterize its foliage and bark.






This Tree's Zone: 6 to 9

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FoliageDark Green
Fall FoliageReddish Purple
Bloom TimeJuly to September
SunFull Sun
Size2 to 8 feet
Spread2 to 6 feet