Growing Zones: 7-9 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-25 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-20 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'
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One of the most adaptable crape myrtles- plant them anywhere!
Tuscarora Crape Myrtles give you hundreds of 'coral pink' flowers... no matter where you plant them!
Perfect for barren areas or trouble spots - these crapes can grow just about anywhere.
This tree is an ideal solution for small areas that don't have much planting space, such as small yards... next to structures... parking lots... or along streets.
Tuscarora Crape Myrtles give you vibrant color in almost all growing conditions. It doesn't matter if your soil is sandy, loamy or clay... it's even drought tolerant. No matter where you put it, you'll enjoy full 'coral pink' flowers.
Like all of our Crapes, this one is highly resistant to disease, powdery mildew and leaf spotting. You get a spectacular tree without the problems.
No fungicide treatments required!
Fast growing... these crape myrtles quickly shoot up 3-5 ft. per year. Plant in the center of your lawn, or anywhere you want color, and enjoy your flowers from spring until fall.
Attention allergy sufferers! Even if you suffer from allergies, don't hesitate to plant this tree in high-traffic areas - it's virtually allergy free!
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Received the wrong tree
I received a white "Natchez" instead of the "Tuscarora" I ordered. I didn't notice until after planting when I removed the label. The "Natchez" is thriving, so no complaints. I have order many times from this nursery, and never had this happen before. One mistake is understandable.
Tree came looking dead. Planted it right away anyway and there is some new growth, but no flower buds. (Planted in March) Whatt i am really disapointed in is i purchased this tree as much for its multiple trunks as it color. Mine is single trunk. It as tall as i paid for at least. I do not know if it develops the multiple trunks as it ages and grows? If not i will tear it out and NEVER order from them again and stick with plants i can see before i buy, instead a photo of a mature perfect specimen. They should include pictures of examples of what you're really going to get. Too bad, I have spent a lot of money with them to date.
We're sorry to hear that your crape myrtle wasn't satisfactory! Can you please send us some photos of what you received so we can take a look? You can go through our "contact us" page and we'll be happy to help!
Great buying experience. The crepe myrtle was delivered promptly in perfect condition. Was actually taller and fuller than expected for this time of year (late September). Planting directions were straight forward and simple to follow. Since it has only been planted for a few weeks I can't comment on blooming and longevity but given my experience to date I have no doubt it will thrive. Would not hesitate to make fast-growing-trees my 課ﾏgo to課� source for garden needs.
Beautiful established trees worth the price!
Was in need of some fairly quick privacy so I went for the 5-6' Tuscarora Crape Myrtles. I was impressed that they were actually over 5' tall. I'm 5'6" and both were taller than me. In addition to that they both had 5 or 6 healthy trunks. Both had blooms straight out of the box and both have continued to bloom since planted two weeks ago. Fingers crossed that they survive the NJ zone 7 winter and remain happy where I planted them.
Planting & Care
The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle (or Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora') is a beautiful harbinger of summer with its canopy full of magnificent pink colored blooms. Reaching heights of 20-25 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide they are a drought tolerant, very adaptable, decorative blooming tree. The crapes perform best in USDA growing zones 7-9 and are considered to be prolific growers. These, like all of our crape myrtles, are highly resistant to disease, powdery mildew and leaf spotting. Crapes typically have a multi-trunked base (although singular trunks are not uncommon) and can be trained into a singular trunk look with little effort. With their adaptability they can be grown in almost any soil type and are great for small areas such as structures, parking lots, small yards and streets without taking up a lot of space but the need for something decorative. Growing at a rate of 3-5 feet per year, you won't need to wait years before seeing your tree reach its full potential.
Choosing a location: Crapes are FULL SUN lovers so try and find a spot where they will get as much sun as possible. Without the proper exposure your blooming will be substantially reduced or it may not bloom at all. The Tuscarora is very adaptable to many soil types so just be sure that the area you’re looking to plant has adequate drainage when watering.
1) After you have found your planting area, make your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Carefully remove the myrtle’s root ball from the container. Lightly tapping the container around the bottom will help free it up without causing too much damage to the root system.
3) Lightly comb your hands over the root ball to free up the roots a bit before planting.
4) Place your tree in the hole and make sure that the root crown (where the root ball meets the trunk(s) of the tree) is level with the soil surface. Crapes need to be able to pull oxygen into their root systems so covering them too much may inhibit their growth.
5) Tamp down the soil lightly as you backfill the hole to prevent air pockets from forming and then water after you’ve finished to settle the soil.
6) Mulch the area around the tree to conserve water moisture and deter competing weeds and grasses from growing.
Watering: Myrtles are quite drought tolerant but may need a bit more attention with watering during the hot summer season. Depending on your soil, there may need to be more frequent waterings, especially those with very sandy soils. After planting, water regularly to start. If the climate is hot you may need to water up to five times weekly especially in lighter soils. During the cooler seasons you’ll only need to water once weekly. Proper soil moisture is important in the hot season so that you’ll have a healthier tree and better looking blooms.
Pruning: Crape pruning is always a “mixed bag” if asking anyone when and how to prune. “Crape murder” is a common term heard with those who go far beyond what is necessary when trimming their myrtles. Prune in the late winter before any of the growth begins. If done in the late fall you will jeopardize the tree’s dormancy state which can lead to the tree dying. Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens infect the tree and always make your cuts at a 45 degree angle.
Some prefer to chop off all of the branches at a uniformed height every year leaving the stubs for the winter season that form a ball of growth in the springtime. This is good for height control and a uniformed border but can commonly result in knobby stems and bunchy growths that are easily susceptible to disease and aphid pests. This is where the term “crape murder” comes into play. Only a light pruning of the myrtle is needed to encourage plenty of blooms but “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” when it comes to choosing the shape of your crapes.
For a more graceful tree shape, remove all but 4-5 strong trunks and then remove the lateral branches around the bottom ½ of the tree. To encourage branching, make your cuts on the longer, leggy limbs. Try not to over prune too early, do your basic pruning then allow the tree to grow a bit and then continue shaping over time. Remove any damaged, diseased, or crossing branches during the late winter. Also be sure to remove any suckers or low growths to prevent your crape from looking more shrub-like.
Fertilizing: Your Tuscarora Crape will greatly benefit from a light application of a complete, balanced, slow release fertilizer formula in the early spring and summer seasons. Slow release fertilizer will cut back on sucker growths but be aware, excessive fertilizing can lead to tree and limb growth but will inhibit the blooms from forming due to excess amounts of nitrogen.
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