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Crape Myrtle - Tonto

Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei
Best Planted in USDA Hardiness Zone: 7-9.


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The Tonto Crape Myrtle is a perfect choice if you want a colorful, small tree for yard borders or hedging. This hybrid grows to about 10 feet tall and will bring bursts of red to your yard from summer until fall. It experiences about 75 days of beautiful, beet-red blooms in the summer, and in the fall its leaves turn a bright maroon. Like other crape myrtles, the Tonto is very hardy and possesses a high mildew resistance. It is hardy in Zones 7-9. USDA ZONES:Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most Plant Me Green trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 business days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon shipment of your Plant Me Green purchase. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed. If a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your Plant Me Green package. Holiday shipping schedules are set by the carriers.

ATTENTION: If your order contains both bare root and potted plants, your order will ship AFTER the bare root trees are harvested. Additional shipping fees may apply if you notify us that you would like to receive your potted trees sooner. Please note this only applies to combination (bare root & potted) tree orders. If your order only contains potted trees it will ship within the 7-10 business day window. If your order only contains bare root trees, it will ship in the order it was received, after the tree harvest. Thank you!
First, decide on a planting location. Pick a nice sunny spot with well-drained soil. Dig a hole about three times as wide as the root ball. Place the potted plant in the hole to make sure the hole is large enough. Make sure the top of the root ball is even with surrounding soil. Then remove the pot and place the plant back into the hole. Fill in around the roots with the soil, using your foot to firm it. Spread mulch 2 inches deep over the top. Make sure to water thoroughly using a hose not a sprinkler. Fertilize a new crape myrtle in early spring, beginning in March or early April. Add 1 teaspoon of a general-purpose fertilizer once a month until August, spreading the fertilizer evenly over the soil around the plant. Mature crape myrtles need to be fertilized in early spring when the plant begins to actively grow and again in early summer to encourage blooming.
To help crape myrtles retain water, mulch with organic matter 2-3 inches deep, making sure to keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Water regularly until established. Remove dead branches any time and prune weak branches back in the spring in order to encourage a strong and productive tree.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
My Tonto Crape Myrtle

I was very please with the plant but not the packaging. By the time I received it, the box had been damaged and one of the branches was broken. Need to work on better protection for the plant for shipping. That is the only problem I had. I got it in the ground and it is doing very well.

Crepe Myrtle Tonto, planted fall 2017

I planted 3 Tonto's fall/2017 and transplanted this spring, so far at least 8" growth, 1 over 12", by end of summer I'm sure it will be much more. I can't wait to see flowers on them.

Crape Myrtle Tonto

I couldn’t be happier with my Tontos. They arrived completely dormant but just two weeks after being planted they’re full of leaves. Quick delivery.