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Tonto Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'

$29.95 (25% Off)

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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
-t- 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

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.

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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 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 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
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

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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I love crape myrtles.
Janice B on Aug 15, 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
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
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
I was looking to add vibrant color to the yard
Wennie L on Aug 12, 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
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.
Do I dare plant the tonto crape near Santa fe?
Jackir G on Feb 25, 2017
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.
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.
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: 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.
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...
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.
I live in Los Osos California, zone 10. Can you tell me why this tree isn't listed as one that will grow in my zone? I really would like to plant a row of these trees to block out neighbors.
Kelly H on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: According to the Federal Department Agricultural the recommended growing zones are 7-9. It is not recommended for a zone 10.
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.
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.
How often i have to watering???
Jenny on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Boy was this crape myrtle misrepresented. They were so little and scrawny it. The barely lived through the winter. With good watering and rains the lived and bloomed. Definitely not worth what I paid for them. Go to Low s and buy theirs.
Will this tree grow in Oregon?
Rhonda R on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't know. I live in California. My tree is doing well but is growing slower than I hoped.
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: Bought one a couple years ago, and it's still surving. No flowers yet. Should have gotten a larger one. It is very small yet. I live in Southern California, where temperatures sometimes rise. Waiting for that beautiful colored flower
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.
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!
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
Can this grow next to cement driveway without roots interfering with the driveway?
R R on May 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My tree was planted far from cement or pavement. However, I have seen many crape myrtles planted along walkways. I would suggest planting at a distance where the roots have room to grow.
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.

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