Tonto Crape Myrtle

Elegant Tree that adds a Bold Pop of Color to even the Smallest Yard or Garden!

  • Bright Red-Pink color
  • Loads of blooms all summer and into fall
  • Award Winning tree!
  • Low maintenance, drought tolerant, and disease resistant

Never Bareroot...  All plants come rooted into a container with soil.

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If there is one tree that could transform your garden the Tonto Crape Myrtle is it!  This award winning Crape Myrtle is loved by gardeners, professional and novice.  

Create your own living, outdoor sanctuary with this lovely, colorful tree.  You will enjoy the graceful, vase shape and unique light colored, smooth, peeling bark year-round.  In spring, this tree comes to life with emerging shiny, green leaves.  Summer brings loads of luscious red-pink blooms.  Watch the leaves change a deep red in fall.  Friends and neighbors will notice and admire this dwarf tree's unique, but classic beauty season after season.

You will be shocked at how easy the Tonto Crape Myrtle is to care for.  This Crape is disease resistant and rarely suffers from insect damage.  After establishing, the Tonto is extremely drought tolerant.  Plant it anywhere!  This Crape is adaptable to almost any soil.  There is no need to prune this variety; it stays small!  

Such beauty and such ease in one small package!  We only have a limited supply of the Tonto Crape Myrtle and this crape is sure to go quickly!  Order yours today before we sell out!


Type Flower Color Bloom Time Zones Height (ft) Width (ft) Growth Rate
Black Diamond Best Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Black Diamond Blush Light Pink July to Oct 7 - 10 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Black Diamond Pure White White July to Oct 7 - 9 10 -12 8 1 - 2ft/yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft/yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Dynamite Cherry Red Early July to Oct 7 - 9 15 - 25 15 2 - 3ft/yr
Muskogee Lavendar June to Oct 7 - 11 25 - 30 20 3 - 5ft/yr
Natchez White June to Oct 7 - 10 20 - 30 20 3 - 5ft/yr
Pink Velour Deep Pink Early July to Sept 7 - 10 8 - 10 10 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Plum Magic Pink Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 6 - 9 6 - 8 6 - 8 0.5 - 1ft/yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 6 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft/yr

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 7, 8, 9, 10
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'tonto'

How To Care for your new Tonto Crape Myrtle

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Tonto Crape Myrtle to thrive.  Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all.  If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year.  Tonto Crape Myrtles grow in zones 7-9.  We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.  

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining.  Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it.  Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease.  Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes.   Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months.  After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry.  Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established.  Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms.  Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer.  If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants.  Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches.  Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot.  You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall.  Tonto Crape Myrtles grow up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success.  There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles.  Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles.  Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree.  You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap.  For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin.  The Tonto crape myrtle is resistant to Powdery Mildew.


Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  


Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.


Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders MAY be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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*Except States CA, OR, WA, NV, ID, UT, MO, CO, WY, NM and orders under $59.99 are $19.99 for shipping.

Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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So far I am in love with my tree/shrub. She is a great size I thought she would be smaller, as some store lie about the size.
Also I planted her about two weeks ago and she has a bloom coming out. I hope she grows healthy roots and lasts me many years. I will update with photos next years summer.
I'm in zone 7 so I would have to do winter protection when frost season comes. Thank you for the wonder transaction!
In love with my Tonto! Thank you the planting tree!!! A+++ to you!
In love with my Tonto! Thank you the planting tree!!! A+++ to you!
September 15, 2016
7 months ago
Beautiful and healthy
We received a beautiful, healthy tree. Great service,
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Why did you choose this? Store
Planted this tree at my last home. Great color and compact size.
Sam D on Apr 17, 2017
The Shape & size of Tree trunk was nice
and I liked the fact it blooms all summer
Suzie O on Mar 7, 2017
Planted this tree at my last home. Great color and compact size.
Sam D on Apr 17, 2017
Right size for my yard, the shape and the color
Patricia C on Mar 22, 2017
The Shape & size of Tree trunk was nice
and I liked the fact it blooms all summer
Suzie O on Mar 7, 2017
I love that three and the colors
Vang L on Feb 3, 2017
We have a patio home and desired a smaller red variety of crape myrtle.
Angela M on Oct 1, 2016
Color and size is what I want.
PETER H on Oct 1, 2016
I picked due to the size and the colors.
It will be for my front yard. so it will be the main attraction.
Elsa N on Aug 29, 2016
Right size for my yard, the shape and the color
Patricia C on Mar 22, 2017
I love that three and the colors
Vang L on Feb 3, 2017
what size container does it come in?
Craig S on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 3 gallon
IS IT 4 to 5 feet with height of the roots or after the roots?
M R on Sep 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: from the top of the roots/from the ground when planted.

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