Tonto Crape Myrtle Shrub

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The Tonto Crape Myrtle Shrub (Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto') is known to be the best cold hardy, pinkish-red Crape Myrtle variety available! An upright rounded shrub that thrives in heat and humidity, Crape Myrtles have long-lasting blossoms to fill your landscape in brilliance!

The Tonto Crape Myrtle is valued mainly for its long period of striking summer flowers which feed a wide variety of Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies! This offering from the National Arboretum is a vigorous grower to its mature height of 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, growing into naturally rounded, low-maintenance forms!=

Large clusters of red flowers appear on the tips of new branches beginning in early summer and continuing into fall. In autumn, the leaves transition to brilliant shades of orange and red. The fine, tan, exfoliating bark is exposed during the winter months, giving wonderful winter interest to your landscape. Crape Myrtles are hardy throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, even northern gardeners can grow these fast-growing shrubs as annual accents!

Planting and Application:

The Tonto Crape Myrtle is ideally suited for formal or informal design in the home landscape, street plantings, and community plantings. Prune smaller to use as a foundation hedge, or full-sized as a foundation or hedge anchor! The lush foliage will soften your home's corners or add a bold focal point to landscape beds!

It can be planted as a specimen or in groups and looks attractive when underplanted with a groundcover to further accent these rosy red blooms! Set a single Tonto on a front yard berm or plant on either side of your front steps! Even as container specimens, you can use these dramatic focal points around the sunny porch and patio!

Tonto Crape Myrtles are easy to grow and are often used for hedges for privacy and screening, plant them 4 to 5 feet apart. Use as backdrops to garden beds or as brilliant flowering property definition with these fast-growing ornamentals!

  • Striking Rosy Red Summer Flowers
  • Long-Lasting Blooms For Pollinators & Hummingbirds
  • Fall Color & Textured Bark For Winter Interest
  • Can Be Kept At Any Size
  • Hedges, Specimens, Containers & Brilliant Landscape Workhorses

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Crape Myrtles tolerate a wide range of soils, from heavy clay to loam, but it's critical to choose a location with well-drained soil. Plant them in full sun with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Always select a planting location that favors early morning sun, as this will help to quickly dry the leaves off from any overnight dew.

Provide regular moisture for new plants, but once established Red Crape Myrtle is a top choice where responsible water use is a concern, as it will become drought tolerant once it's established in your yard. You'll see these quite often in drier climates as medium strip hedges because of their moderate height and low maintenance needs. Top the soil with a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch to provide shade to the root systems. You'll cut down on soil moisture evaporation and extend the periods between watering.

Deadhead any spent flower clusters as they fade to encourage more blooms during the active growing season. Blooming on new wood, prune to shape in early spring to remove crossing branches and control size. Remove the oldest wood at ground level periodically when renewal pruning every 3-5 years.

  • Full Sun For The Most Blooms
  • Widely Adaptable To Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Deer Don't Prefer the Taste

Order your own radiant rosy red Tonto Crape Myrtle Shrub today and enjoy years of brilliant blooms and fast growth! Now available at Nature Hills!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what you’re getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which we’re currently offering below.

Single Stem: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 2 or more stems planted together in the ground in close proximity to form a clump. There are times multi stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem. 

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Tonto Crape Myrtle Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Rosy Red
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring