* 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.
Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Tonto Crape Myrtle.
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.
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.
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.
Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
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