Mon-Fri 9a-5p EST

Tonto Crape Myrtle

Pam's Picks
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.

*images shown are of mature plants

Lowest Price Online - Guaranteed

Tonto Crape Myrtle

A Small Yard Tree with Giant Blooms


The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

4-5 ft.

Ships this Mon, Oct 27
List: $119.95
Sale: $80.37
6 at $76.35 each
Tonto Crape Myrtle
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Crape Myrtle Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
Sale: $13.37
Planting Mix for Crape Myrtle Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Tonto Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Soil Contents
Sale: $9.35
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $20.07
Tonto Crape Myrtle
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $6.00

* 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
(blue area above)

You are in Growing Zone:

cannot find zip code, please re-enter
loading loading...

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.

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.

4.8 / 5.0
17 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
My Tonto Crape Myrtle was beautiful this summer it has grown tremendously. I have really enjoyed it.
Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (2) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
My three bloomed the first summer, grew three feet, and are blooming again. I've kept the trunk limit to 3-4 by pruning.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
September 11, 2014
1 year ago
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
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
all 18 survived and thrived. very pretty. next year they will be even better.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
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......
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
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
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
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
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
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
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
I bought my tree a year ago it hasnt grown much , but it does have beautiful flower cant wait fot it to grow more
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
3 years ago
The tree is coming back nicely after the first winter
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes (1) No (0) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
3 years ago
very nice tree....
Was this review helpful? Yes (0) No (1) · Flag as Inappropriate
December 31, 2012
3 years ago
Browse 10 questions and 23 answers
Hide answersShow all answers | Sort by
When can this plant be trimmed?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2014
Best Answer: Enter an answer to this question.
Reply · Report · Ed P on Sep 13, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (4)
Will this do well in the tough climate of NORTHERN KY where I live?
Mark B on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: Northern Kentucky gets a little too cold for the Tonto Crape Myrtle Tree.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
Will my shipment really be 3-4 ft tall?
Pam B on Sep 15, 2014
Best Answer: If you ordered a Tonto that is 3-4ft it should arrive to you at that size.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Sep 16, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 21, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
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.
Reply (1) · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 22, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (1)
how long does it take to grow to maturity?
wenkujo on Oct 11, 2014
Best Answer: I bought my Tonto a year ago. She has doubled in size since then maybe even more. I ordered the smallest one they had and called her my stick tree when I first planted. She bloomed beautifully this summer and still has green leaves but the blooms are finished. I live in Southern Ca. Also, I was impressed on how it was packaged when I received.
Reply · Report · Dawn W on Oct 11, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
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.
Reply · Report · Laura F on Jun 24, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
What can be done to improve drainage?
Janine D on Oct 17, 2014
Best Answer: Google it and you'll find several links. WIKIHOW has the simplest one. Add sand to the soil, install French Drains, etc. Depends on your particular situation (soil type and slope) as to which method would work best. Tonto is a GREAT tree. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Terry K on Oct 17, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
Do trees come in burlap or 10 gallon pail?
A shopper on Oct 12, 2014
Best Answer: Trees came in a 2-gallon pail, and very well wrapped. They were moist and wrapped in a bit of plastic to help keep moist during shipping. They grow very well and the color is just beautiful! You will love them!
Reply · Report · Joan M on Oct 12, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)
What is suggested for a tree showing leaves that are yellow with red spots?
Janine D on Oct 17, 2014
Best Answer: Add iron.
Reply · Report · Paula D on Oct 18, 2014
· Add Answer · I Have This Question Too (0)

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. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

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

Tree before pruning Tree after pruning Rose before pruning Rose after pruning
Maple Tree before pruning Maple Tree after pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose before pruning 3 gallon Knockout Rose after pruning

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.