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Tonto Crape Myrtle

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The Tonto Crape Myrtle is a real winner! You will love these summertime blooms that last for months. Tontos will grow anywhere… they’re nice and compact, growing up to just 8-15 ft.

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Tonto Crape Myrtle

A Small Yard Tree with Giant Blooms

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* Award winning blooms!
* Disease resistant
* Adaptable to various soil types

The new Tonto Crape Myrtle gives you huge blooms, ranging in color from dark fuchsia to red throughout the summer. This is the perfect tree if you want to add vibrant color to your lawn, but have limited yard space.

Your crape myrtle matures to 8-15 ft., making it the perfect tree to tuck away in tight areas. However, it will soon attract attention with its abundance of fuchsia flowers that last from late spring to early fall.

Developed in the National Arboretum in 1990, the Tonto Crape Myrtle was bred to give you an explosion of color without the hassle of a large tree.

Winner of the:

• Georgia Gold Medal (1996)
• Mississippi Medallion (1999)

It is perhaps the most resistant crape myrtle to flower spotting. Your Tonto will keep its deep green foliage until autumn, when it will turn a dark maroon. Your crape myrtle will be one of the last trees in your lawn to lose its leaves in the fall.

Your new tree has a well-developed root structure that will support rapid growth. We have pruned your Crape Myrtle back so that it will grow stronger roots as well as give you a full, beautiful form that encourages the most blooms possible.

These trees are easy to transplant. They are very hardy and adaptable, meaning your tree will begin thriving in your lawn very soon. Ideal for Growing Zones 7-9.



Growing Zones: 7-9

Mature Height: 8-15 ft.
Mature Width: 6-10 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 7-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Tonto Crape Myrtle


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Tonto Crape Myrtle.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Tonto Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Tonto Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Ours came as a small tree about 1 foot tall and now it is about 6 feet tall ! It is beautiful and it makes lovely blooms. We decided not to trim the bottom and it still is lovely 'au natural'. My neighbors comment on how pretty it is. I love my Tonto Crepe Myrtle. no cons here.
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December 31, 2012
My Tonto Crape Myrtle was beautiful this summer it has grown tremendously. I have really enjoyed it.
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December 31, 2012
We bought the Tonto crepe myrtle for a centerpiece for our front flowerbed. I only wish the larger size was available as we have to wait a year for it to grow to expected height. Hardy plants... they bloomed just like its described.
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December 31, 2012
After one year, all 4 of these trees are doing very well in San Diegos East county. Theyve been deep watered once each week, and will now be cut back to once every other week. The Crape Myrtles are still showing blooms one week before Thanksgiving. All Crape Myrtles are now over 6 feet tall, and yes, you will have to constantly trim new lower growth if you want to maintain a single trunk tree
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December 31, 2012
Crape m yrtles are easily taken care of. I prefer the tonto. High resistance to mildew, ,and really beautiful and I like that 8-10 ft. height. I highly recommend it for those who like the semidwarf myrtle
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December 31, 2012
I planted my tonto a year ago it's just starting to show some type of growth. There are no blooms for some reason. Maybe next summer.
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December 31, 2012
when i was on vacation in august i purchase two crape myrtle starter plant which i planted one outside and put the other one inside by the window hoping it will grow next summer they are so beautiful to prove my friends wrong what can i do to help them grow.
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December 31, 2012
The Tonto crape myrtles I ordered from your company one year ago are growing fast and survived our summer heat with regular watering and mulching. I planted them to bring beauty to my back yard and add more privacy from neighbors. The only problem is that they did not bloom during this first growing season, so hopefully they will blossom next summer
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December 31, 2012
all 18 survived and thrived. very pretty. next year they will be even better.
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December 31, 2012
I like the Tonto crape myrtle very much . The tree is planted in my front yard .. I planted in front of a window to block the view from the street to give me privacy.. maybe next year it will have already grown high enough to cover the window......
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December 31, 2012
I purchased two Crape Myrtle trees. They arrived quickly and in good shape. Planting went as advertised. They are doing well even on a severe slope.
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December 31, 2012
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1 year ago
Well established after one year, xcellent growth, nice full blooms.Like it so much that I purchased another one this year to give my landscape some balance
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
I bought my tree a year ago it hasnt grown much , but it does have beautiful flower cant wait fot it to grow more
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
3 years ago
very nice tree....
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
2 years ago
The tree is coming back nicely after the first winter
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December 31, 2012
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3 years ago
The Tonto arrived in perfect shape. It was about 2 feet tall. It has grown real well. It bloomed and it is beautiful. Can't wait for it to grow to maturity. Beautiful color. I have it in the front yard in a tree ring. Very pleased.
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Will this do well in the tough climate of NORTHERN KY where I live?
Mark B on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: We planted this tree as a memorial to a beloved Pet two years ago, and it bloomed almost immediately, it winters well, the bark and tree turn fall colors, and then like magic it bursts into full bloom once spring comes around - the color is beautiful and although it has not grown alot in height, it has thickend and branched out really well, it actually appears taller in the winter, because the blossoms are so large, they bend the branches toward the ground during blooming season - it takes full sun on the front lawn here in Tampa, FL, so not sure how it may fare in the cooler winters of Northern Kentucky, but I believe it is within your growing zone... we love our Tonto....!
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Will this grow in souther Cal ?.
A shopper on Jun 24, 2014
Best Answer: I would think so. It is a very resistant and hardy tree and does well in heat and direct sunlight.
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Will this tree grow well in the Kansas City area ?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2014
Best Answer: Kansas get a little too cold for the Tonto Crape Myrtle. Other cold hardier flowering trees that will do very well in Kansas are the Kwanzan Cherry and Cleveland Pear Tree.
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when would be the ideal time to plant this Tonto if living in upstate S.C.?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2014
Best Answer: The best time to plant is in the early Spring or early Fall however if your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above it will be fine to go ahead and plant your tree now.
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Tonto Crape Myrtle can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.