Crape Myrtle TontoScientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei
Best Planted In Zone: 7-9
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.
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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.