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Tonto Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- Planting Mix
Tonto Crape Myrtle Planting Mix

Helps your Tonto Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 7-10
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-15 ft.

Mature Width:

6-10 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'

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A Small Yard Tree with Giant Blooms

* 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 7-10.

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Customer Reviews

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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
January 1, 2013
My three bloomed the first summer, grew three feet, and are blooming again. I've kept the trunk limit to 3-4 by pruning.
September 11, 2014
over 4 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
The tree is coming back nicely after the first winter
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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.
January 1, 2013
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 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.
January 1, 2013

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Tonto Crape Myrtle

Tonto Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions

The Tonto Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto') is a drought-resistant, easy to grow tree that does well in growing zones 7-10 and is hardy down to 10 degrees. They perform best when given full sunlight (6-8 hours a day) and love heat. In the summer, this tree will give you explosive blooms ranging from red to dark fuchsia in color. The foliage stays green from Spring through Summer and in Fall will turn a dark maroon. This variety of crape myrtle reaches an average height of 8-15 feet.

Location: Select a site to plant your Tonto Crape Myrtle where it will receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight and the soil drains well. They grow best in a variety of soils with a 5.0-6.5 pH range.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Amend the soil around the hole with compost to ensure the tree has proper drainage.
2) Place the Tonto Crape Myrtle into the hole ensuring it is standing straight. The crown must be level with the surface. Crape Myrtles need their root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk) to be level with the top of the soil so it can pull oxygen into the root system. Start back filling the hole and watering as you go to eliminate any air pockets from forming.
3) Once the hole has been completely filled with soil, lightly pack the soil down.
4) Apply a layer of mulch around your tree to help retain moisture and keep away grass and weeds. Mulch will also help maintain temperature in the roots during winter. Be sure to keep the mulch 2-3 inches away from the trunk of your tree so fungus and rot don’t set in.

Watering: Give your newly planted tree deep waterings 1-3 times a week during the first growing season. Once your tree is established, it will only need occasional watering as they are naturally drought-resistant. Be sure to water the tree at the base instead of “showering” it as this can also promote the fungus.

Fertilization: Feed your tree in the Spring before growth begins. They do not need much fertilizer, so a light application of 5-10-5 fertilizer will do. Take care not to use anything too high in nitrogen. It builds healthy limb and foliage growth but can inhibit blooms from reaching their full potential.

Pruning: Watch for any suckers emerging from the base of the tree and remove promptly. To promote good air circulation, thin out young trees to 3-4 main branches and remove any dead or twiggy branches. When pruning your tree, make 45-degree angle cuts where the branches intersect the main stem. Pruning should ONLY be done in dormancy, preferably just before the spring season has begun.

Pests: The Tonto Crape Myrtle is pretty disease resistant but can produce powdery mildew if your climate is prone to high humidity and lack of rain. It’s important to keep your tree pruned to provide good air circulation to help prevent this. A good fungicide or a horticultural oil will be effective in preventing and controlling powdery mildew.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
ornamental tree for front yard
Sandra M on Jan 6, 2018
Because they are awesome and beautiful when in full bloom.
Dennis S on Dec 26, 2017
ornamental tree for front yard
Sandra M on Jan 6, 2018
I love its bright red blooms. They adorn the yard.
Sammy A on Jan 3, 2018
Because they are awesome and beautiful when in full bloom.
Dennis S on Dec 26, 2017
We chose this tree because the color and vibrance of its blooms
Jesus V on Nov 30, 2017
I needed a smallish yet colorful tree to plant near my house and this appears to be the perfect fit. We'll see how well it does.
Frank D on Nov 12, 2017
I think the tree is beautiful & will enhance my landscaping.
Micheal P on Nov 1, 2017
Beautiful tree. Drought resistant and does not get too large.
Bruce C on Oct 25, 2017
Please send me the red one.
kevin n on Oct 24, 2017
Gorgeous tree, and great reviews!
Patricia S on Oct 20, 2017
Color and location
Renee G on Oct 20, 2017
Matthew B on Oct 17, 2017
Thank you
Pamela B on Oct 11, 2017
Just moved to Georgia and crape Myrtles are everywhere and so beautiful. Want some of my own!
Shelley T on Oct 11, 2017
We need a small tree for our backyard and the pretty colors of the flowers.
MICHELLE L on Oct 9, 2017
color and size
john c on Oct 7, 2017
Rich color
William T on Oct 6, 2017
I saw how this look with greens trees around is like a heavenly beauty
ana virginia l on Oct 6, 2017
Color and size
Jon P on Oct 4, 2017
I love the color and since I live in Zone 9, it will grow very nicely.
Rudy R on Oct 4, 2017
I love them for an accent
Virginia Y on Sep 29, 2017
Yard is green green green. Need and added pop of colour.
Sina V on Sep 18, 2017
Color and size
James B on Sep 18, 2017
gorgeous color for our landscaping
Brad B on Sep 12, 2017
I love crape myrtles.
Janice B on Aug 15, 2017
I was looking to add vibrant color to the yard
Wennie L on Aug 12, 2017
My favorite trees are those less than 20' feet tall .I chose this tree for its beauty and size.I hope I made the right choice.
Sammy D on Aug 11, 2017
Replacing a shade tree with one that has flowers. This one won't get too big and the blooms are really spectacular!
EMB on Aug 5, 2017
Like that it does not grow very high and the color of the flower.
martha_sadie on Aug 2, 2017
The color to add to our yard.
JoAnn P on Jul 31, 2017
The plant looks nice from the photo and The price is reasonable. Hope everything goes well after I receive the plant.
edward l on Jul 27, 2017
long blooming season, hearty, and minimal maintenance.... I wanted eye-popping color for the acre I manage for my hometown...I'll write more in a year to give better perspective...

the staff are just wonderful and know what they are selling ... such a relief to call a company and get immediate service with kindness and intelligence... if the trees grow well as promised, I'm a customer forever!!!!
jean r on Jul 26, 2017
the colors
Thomas K on Jul 25, 2017
I loved the color of this tree.
Kevin T on Jul 23, 2017
Beautiful color, fast growing crepe myrtle.
Cj U on Jul 4, 2017
Because of the color of the blooms. It will add a great contrast to my backyard.
Maria M on Jul 1, 2017
Foliage color and its max height of growth
Geraldo M on Jul 1, 2017
I chose the crape myrtle tree because they are all over Myrtle Beach and are gorgeous. We just moved here from western New York and don't have these there. The colors of the blooms are rich and we love the shape of the tree trunk!
Sandra A on Jun 29, 2017
I chose this because of the color and it seems easy to grow. I haven't grown a flowering tree before so I only want to start with something easy and beautiful.
Sharon O on Jun 23, 2017
Zone 6
Margaret D on Jun 13, 2017
JASON B on Jun 12, 2017
My daughter order the tree for me because she brought about 5 of these tree we just love these trees
Elena s on Jun 8, 2017
Fast growing and good color.
Maureen W on May 20, 2017
I love the look of this tree. Bought 5 and planted them in a row to screen my backyard.
Bradley D on May 17, 2017
I needed a small tree and one that would tolerate a lot of sun.
Charles S on May 13, 2017
needed small tree with pretty blooms for limited space in landscape.
Albert H on May 10, 2017
Johanna D on May 10, 2017
Richard W on May 7, 2017
Kesha T on May 7, 2017
I have a tonto that is beautiful and just the right size for my yard. I wanted another one to complete my landscaping.
Melinda H on May 5, 2017
Limited space
Patrick P on Apr 27, 2017
I love its bright red blooms. They adorn the yard.
Sammy A on Jan 3, 2018
We chose this tree because the color and vibrance of its blooms
Jesus V on Nov 30, 2017
I live in pa when is a good time to plant and can it take sunny all day? . We do get some very cold winters will it survive the cold?
Debbie A on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Tonto Crepe Myrtle is hardy in zones 7-9, and Pennsylvania is listed as zones 6 and 5, except for a very small area in the southeastern part of the state. This tree probably will not make it in your yard. There are many other small flowering tree or large bushes that will do well for you and give you plenty of summer bloom - you might consider a Hydrangea Endless Summer or Black Knight Butterfly Bush instead. check out our site for alternatives you find pleasing.
What is the average width of the tree?
Jeanie B on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Tonto will grow 6 to 10 feet across.
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.
How far apart should I plant these? I want to line my driveway.
Marcie S on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would space these about 8 ft apart.
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.
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.
What is the best fertilizer for continued blooms?
Mary Anna on Jun 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Actually, over-fertilization of a Crepe Myrtle will encourage lots of lush foliage, and very little bloom. If your tree is several years old, one application of 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 in the spring should suffice. Choose a slow-release one with trace minerals. Also, to encourage lavish bloom, it helps to have sufficient water; if you don't get an inch of rain a week, then you can water your tree, preferably without wetting the leaves. Crepe Myrtles will tolerate drought, but flowering will suffer, especially if it gets dry in spring when it's putting on new growth.
Does the mature width refer to the canopy or trunk? Also how far away should this be planted from my house?
Claudia on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The mature width is the canopy of the tree. I would plant at least 5 feet away from a structure.
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.
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.
How many times a week do you water this Tonto crepe myrtle tree?
Rachel B on Jul 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We are in Houston where it is often in the high '90's this time of year. I have been giving the crepe myrtles water once a week and they appear to be doing fine. If I detect any sign of stress in the leaves, I will change to a twice a week watering schedule at least for the remainder of the summer.
Can this grow next to cement driveway without roots interfering with the driveway?
R R on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would imagine it would be fine. I've only had mine for about 2.5 years but the root system seems to stay below the surface. I've not had any issues with roots obstructing anything on the four I planted. I don't believe myrtles are very invasive plants either.
I live in Southern Illinois, shows as zone 6. I also live in town and will plant them fairly close to my house. Is it safe to buy these trees or will it be too cold for them?
Pamela on Mar 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I planted the tonto crepe in central NJ 2 years ago and so far they have come back each spring. We get some pretty cold spells in the winter.
How fast does the Tonto crape myrtle grow a year?
Joanne C on Sep 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Filled out beautifully and grew to 5' in semi shade Southern exposure 1st year.
Regarding planting tonto crape myrtle. I live in southern NM desert country, but soil conditions are 6 feet of clay. How deep should I digest the clay and then what to use to replace it?
Jay P on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm in clay as well and just amended the hole with peat and top soil and both have done beautifully...
Will this new tree live in a pot for the firs 8 months starting now in october? What size pots old I use if so?
Cindy S on Oct 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For the first 8 months it should be okay in a pot. I would start with at least a 15 gallon pot.
hi i would like to know if tonto Crape Myrtle tree would survive the Laredo Tx summer heat 95-110F?
Elizabeth S on Jun 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I planted this Tonto Crape Myrtle a couple of years ago and Medford, OR gets to be about 95-108 in the summers and it is doing just fine here.
Will this tree do well in Massachusetts ?
Linda F on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure why they asked me to answer this question for you; I live in Florida. I will say that the purchase experience with this company was excellent! The tree is healthy and beautiful. We are very happy with it. You might consider contacting your county extension agent with your question. I wish you well.

Mike Wilson
will the Tonto Crape Myrtle do well on the Eastern Shore ?
Jerome on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 7-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
What time of year do I plant a crape myrtle?
Toni T on Jun 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I feel that the best time of year to plant this tree is mid to late fall . I live in south east Pennsylvania if that helps.
What is yearly growth?
Patricia on Oct 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I’m guessing, but mine looks to be approximately 1’ / Year . Hope this helps?
How often i have to watering???
Jenny on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: From my experience, all Crapes are pretty hardy once established. I watered them everyday for about 6 weeks last year, after that, I water them once in a while when there's no rain. These trees are hard to kill.
Will the crepe myrtle grow on long Island ny?
Ellen H on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I purchased mine 2 years ago and it is thriving in Bellmore. It came into bloom 2 weeks ago and is beautiful.
Could this beautiful tree survive in Illinois?
Kenny on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello Kenny, I live in Philadelphia and this is the 2nd summer for our Tonto Cape Myrtle. The tree is doing fine, and looks great. Our winters are becoming much milder, so I am not sure what zone you are in? I suggest comparing the Philadelphia zone to where you are located. If it's the same I suspect you will be ok. Good Luck!! Charlie
When is the best time to plant?
Diane E on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.
We have very hot summers 98 to 100 index in Mobile Alabama sometimes with little rain I was looking for a tree that will take complete all day full sun with little rain will this tree survive this we have cold weather down in the 30s during winters what to plant in a front yard flower bed as a decoration tree?
Please help
Stormy on Jun 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hope this helps you make your decision. I live in the Central Valley of California. Our summertime temperatures range most generally from the mid 90's to the mid 100 degree range from around the end of May through September and sometimes into October. Our heat is a dry heat (very little humidity). Our winter temperatures can and do get as low as +18 degrees F. I have the Tonto Crape Myrtle and it's been doing great, so far surviving two seasons and good growth and blossoms. Hope this information helps you. You can pretty much count on the information that the nursery provides in regards to the temperate zone you live in whether the tree or plants will survive. Based on the information you provided, it sounds like this tree will do well in your area.
Can these be pot planted? Are to roots wide spreading?
Eileen R on Jan 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have had my Tonto Crape Myrtle in a 24" container for over a year and it seems pretty happy sitting on our patio. It is a pretty tree. Beautiful deep red flowers.
The Tonto Crape Myrtle Tree are the flowers purple or are they red ?
Terri O on Jul 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I got the bush and the flowers are reddish pink. Very pretty color
which one of the Crape Myrtle has the real dark maroon color bloomsoms?
Kimberly B on Jul 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't have that color but have about everything else. I really like the Tonto color. It is beautiful dark hot pink. The tree has a weeping look and the one I bought 2 years ago already puts out lots of blooms. Happy hunting for your color. Marie
How would it do in zone 6 southern Ohio?
Steve on May 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure about southern Ohio I am in southern pa. Since it has been planted we have had some real hot summer's and extreme cold winters. Tree has held up fine and has seemed to be growing about 18" a year. Great tree with great blooms

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