Crape Myrtle, Tonto
Description: The Tonto Crape Myrtle is known to be the best cold hardy, red crape myrtle variety available. The crape myrtle is valued mainly for its long period of striking summer flowers. Large clusters of red flowers appear on the tips of new branches beginning in early summer and continue into fall. In autumn, the leaves transition to a brilliant shades of orange and red. The fine, tan, exfoliating bark is exposed during the winter months, giving wonderful winter interest to your landscape. The Tonto Crape Myrtle is ideally suited for formal or informal design in the home landscape, street plantings and community plantings. It can be planted as a specimen or in groups, and looks attractive when under planted with a ground cover.
Common Name: Tonto Crape Myrtle
Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto'
Type: Perennial, Shrub
Exposure: Full Sun
Size: 8-10' height, 6-8' spread
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Period: Early Summer - Fall
Foliage Color: Green in Summer / Maroon in Fall
Landscape Use: Containers, Entryway, Focal Point Specimen, Foundation, Garden Pond, Hedges, Landscape Beds, Median Strips, Outdoor Living Areas, Perennial Garden, Property Value, Provides Shade, Small Groups, Tree Form Shrub
Soil: Moist, Well-Drained
Growth Rate: Moderate
Zone: 5 - 9
Companion Plants: Abelia, Compact Holly, Azalea, Lilac