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Tonto Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'


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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.

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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

Growing Zones: 7-9
(hardy down to 10℉)

Growing Zones 7-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

8-15 ft.

Mature Width:

6-10 ft.


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10-12 ft.

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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 7-9.

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Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
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 3 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
The tree is coming back nicely after the first winter
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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
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 4 years 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
January 1, 2013
over 4 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
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

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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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My brother in law from Australia suggested these small trees for our new house. The vibrant colors will go very well with our new paint colors.
Artemio M on Apr 24, 2017
I have been trying to grow a tree in the front yard with no luck. Hope this will work.
Brenda D on Apr 21, 2017
My brother in law from Australia suggested these small trees for our new house. The vibrant colors will go very well with our new paint colors.
Artemio M on Apr 24, 2017
Color in yard
Celeste B on Apr 22, 2017
I have been trying to grow a tree in the front yard with no luck. Hope this will work.
Brenda D on Apr 21, 2017
Looks beautiful on the picture and is not overly big for my front yard!
Sally M on Apr 20, 2017
The color is very beautiful
Sinara V. M on Apr 17, 2017
size for my current location
Teresa T on Apr 11, 2017
continue color in front garden end of summer
kenneth c on Oct 2, 2016
I was looking for fast growing colors and this seems to fit the bill. I want it to give some color to a backdrop of Oak trees.
Patrick R on Sep 11, 2016
have them now
carolyn w on Sep 5, 2016
color & size are perfect
Amy M on Aug 25, 2016
Beautiful colors, perfect fit on my fence. I purchased 3.
Randy W on Aug 14, 2016
i love the tree and the flowers
CJ G on Aug 11, 2016
In memory one of my dear friends
Tom & Dottie S on Aug 2, 2016
The trees are the perfect height I was looking to buy .
Elnoria P on Aug 1, 2016
privacy hedge
Lucia S on Jul 31, 2016
Size and look
Gregory L on Jul 29, 2016
Size when mature and color.
Jeffrey M on Jul 20, 2016
I like the color and shape it will be planted next to a fence just like your picture . Frank
Frank H on Jul 17, 2016
looks very nice in picture. i know these do well in my climate
Katie U on Jul 16, 2016
Size limits and color for compact site.
JOY S on Jul 3, 2016
Never had these before, hope they will provide shade and color in areas that can't have big trees.
Pamela F on Jul 1, 2016
I love red flowers
Gonzalez S on Jun 29, 2016
Always wanted a crepe myrtle and was just the right color to add to my garden decor.
Beverly A on Jun 28, 2016
We wanted something for our front yard that would add color during the summer months and needed something tolerant of disease and not needing a lot of watering after it was stabilized and growing.
Duane P on Jun 16, 2016
To add a much needed shock of color against the front of my house.
Charles R on Jun 9, 2016
nice small tree for yard and backyard
Heidi E on Apr 22, 2016
Size, coloring, growing characteristics, proximity of nursery and landscaping asthetics narrowed the choice to this semi-dwarf variety.
Stephen S on Apr 21, 2016
Fits small yard
Romano B on Apr 19, 2016
Will acclimate themselves to our particular climate without much stress, plus their appearance is suitable for our landscaping.
Harry T on Apr 18, 2016
I chose this tree because they are hearty in the San Joaquin Valley. Since we are in a drought, this beautiful and colorful tree will add color to my rock, and succulent front yard.
Veronica R on Apr 18, 2016
Mauricio R on Apr 15, 2016
We've always wanted one since we've moved to the Pacific Northwest, and this looks like one that will survive in the area we plan on placing it. Plus ... it absolutely looks beautiful (online) and hopefully grows to a striking mature tree.
Teresa S on Apr 7, 2016
Loved the color and am planting near utility lines so height was important.
Martha M on Apr 2, 2016
Color, good reviews
Jhon P on Mar 26, 2016
Crepe Myrtels are very festive and bright
Diana B on Mar 22, 2016
Replacement trees following loss of trees after tornado
Brenda C on Mar 16, 2016
The trees looked so colorful and vivid that we didn't need to make more research .
Ruben R on Mar 11, 2016
My wife loves the color red so for our anniversary I thought we would plant a red tonto crape myrtle together.
Josh T on Feb 25, 2016
I chose this because it is semi-dwarf and because of the intense red color. I am extremely pleased with it and it has grown about 2 feet in just one year and produced an abundance of flowers for its size. This year will be its second bloom for me and I am looking forward to even more blooms.
Tom N on Feb 17, 2016
Vibrant color, drought resistant, disease resistant.
Elizabeth W on Feb 14, 2016
Small growing tree and lovelycolor.
Janet T T on Feb 1, 2016
Deep red flowers. Compact size for use in containers.
Patricia Z on Jan 30, 2016
I purchased this Tonto Crape Myrtle to accent my back yard facing the Retention Pond as the perfect view from my Lanai.
Loretta M on Jan 29, 2016
hopefully it will grow to as beautiful as it shows on the picture.
genoveva d on Jan 22, 2016
ZMARO S on Nov 23, 2015
I like the color of the flowers and the height of the tree
Josephine R on Nov 10, 2015
beautiful spring color & glorious fall foliage
Ingrid D on Nov 8, 2015
Color in yard
Celeste B on Apr 22, 2017
Looks beautiful on the picture and is not overly big for my front yard!
Sally M on Apr 20, 2017
When can this plant be trimmed?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2014
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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.
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.
Does the Tonto Crape Myrtle have a deep root system or near to surface roots? How far away from cesspool to plant this tree?
Cathy T on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They have tap roots, so they will grow down then out. i would plant about 5 feet away.
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 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.
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.
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: Typically zone 6 is too cold for the Tonto Crape Myrtle. The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle would work well in a zone 6.
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.
Do I dare plant the tonto crape near Santa fe?
Jackir G on Feb 25, 2017
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
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.
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.
When is the best time to plant?
Diane E on Apr 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Early spring such as April & May or September & October is the best time in this area, but depend on each state and weather.
Do these trees drop berries?
Diane E on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not seen any berries, nice tree blooms all summer. The blooms resemble
a berry before they bloom.
I live in Washington DC. We are in zone 7, but it gets pretty cold here in the winters. Will the Tonto Crepe Myrtle survive?
Angela P on Sep 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am from Washington dc and we could never get a crepe myrtle to live until we moved to myrtle beach, sc. too many cold cold days in dc. but my crepe myrtle is doing just wonderful; in myrtle beach. beautiful tree. we only could get a tulip tree (sort of pinkish in color ) to grow where we lived up there northern va, falls church va to be exact. it is just beautiful. understand it is part of the magnolia family.
Will this plant grow in South Florida? Miami to be exact.
AlexM on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: One Tonto is now happily growing in Lake Worth, FL. We have had ours for a little over a year and a half and seems to be doing fine. We enjoy the blossoms. Their are many more in our area, much older than ours and doing well! Good luck and enjoy the anticipated view??
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
What can be done to improve drainage?
Janine D on Oct 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Proper soil drainage is the key to treating and preventing problems with crape myrtle roots. Monitor the area around crape myrtle plants after watering or heavy rainfall to gauge whether the soil drains properly. Improve drainage where needed. Consider digging up small crape myrtles and replanting in a raised bed to further improve drainage. Removing soil to expose some of the waterlogged roots will help them dry out more quickly. Cover them back up with thoroughly dry soil, and reevaluate the plant's water needs to avoid over watering. Keeping crape myrtles healthy through proper water, fertilization and careful pruning helps the plants withstand drowning and edema and to avoid contracting wood decay infections. Cut away dead limbs so that rainwater will drain, and don't dress the wounds.
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!
How big is the tree when shipped?
Cathy H on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The gallon sizes are listed because we cannot guarantee what height they will be. The heights can vary from 6-12 inches and up.

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