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Tonto Hardy Crape Myrtle
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Tonto Hardy Crape Myrtle

Cold-Hardy, Semi-Dwarf Strain

Tougher than its Southern cousin. Tolerates subzero temps; consistently produces loads of brilliant red flowers. Leaves turn scarlet in fall. Grows 7-10 ft. tall with a rounded top. Red-tinged, graybarked branches are heavy with blooms from mid to late summer. Zones 6-9.

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  • Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia 'Tonto' (L. indica L. fauriei)
  • Height: 8 - 10 feet.
  • Spacing: 10-12 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the pot.
  • Spread: 10 - 12 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Color: Deep pinkish-red blossoms.
  • Foliage: Elliptic-ovate, lustrous medium green foliage. New growth has a bronzy-pink cast. Developes an attractive light maroon to bright red color in Fall.
  • Blooms: Mid Summer to late Summer.
  • Zone: 6 - 9
  • Form: Deciduous tree.
  • Flower Form: Large decorative panicles of many small frilled flowers with crinkled petals.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, tolerant of heavy clay soils.
  • Growth Rate: Fast growth rate once established.
  • Pruning: Prune to remove dead wood and for aesthetics and shape in the early Spring while tree is still dormant.
  • Comments: Gorgeous landscape plant gives you huge, reddish-pink bloom clusters throughout the summer. With its highly ornamental bark and large, profuse flower clusters, you'll enjoy this garden beauty year round. A very handsome and beautiful all around plant in the landscape. Year round appeal with beautiful vase shaped growth habit. Highly ornamental bark and large profuse flower clusters. Often planted in groups with ground covers beneath. Excellent dwarf variety making it suitable for smaller gardens and corner spots, even containers. Young branches are dark red-purple becoming a gray-brown at maturity. The most hardy of the dwarf varieties developed at the National Arboretum.

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