Tonto Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'tonto'


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!

Crape Myrtle Tree Comparisons
Variety 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 Crimson Red Red July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 8 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Mystic Magenta Magenta Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Purely Purple Purple July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6 - 10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Red Hot Red Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 15 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Black Diamond Shell Pink Pink Early July to Oct 7 - 10 10 - 12 6-10 3 - 4ft / yr
Catawba Violet Purple July to Late Sept 7 - 9 15 12 1 - 2ft / yr
Coral Magic Salmon Pink Late June to July 7 - 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 Lavender 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 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Purple Magic Dark Purple Late June to July 7 - 9 6 - 8 6-8 0.5 - 1ft / yr
Red Rocket Red July to Oct 7 - 9 20 - 30 15 3 - 5ft / yr
growing zone 7-10
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Red

How To Care

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. 

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.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Red

Landscape Ideas

Tonto Crape Myrtles will look great anywhere in your landscape.  The pink-red flower clusters are sure to brighten up your yard. Mature size is up to 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide so be mindful of this when choosing a spot for your tree. Tonto Crape Myrtles look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point. This Crape Myrtle will also look great framing your front door or the front entrance of your driveway. Plant 1 on each side and watch your house turn into a home.  Another stellar look for these smaller crape myrtles is a grouped hedge.  You will love the color and beauty this will add to your yard   Planting about 8 feet apart can even provide some subtle privacy in spring, summer and fall.

For additional options, be sure to browse our Crape Myrtle and Black Diamond Crape Myrtle collection.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 10-15 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Fall Color Red
Bloom Color Red

Shipping Details

We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in transit over the weekend during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. We guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

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David O.
United States

Great experience and fast

Great experience. Trees came fully secured in box and were larger than described. Would order from again.

James Nicholas

A GREAT crape myrtle - even in the North !

Great, fast and superb merchandise. I ordered five "Tontos' for use in landscaping the new St. Basil's Greek Orthodox Church in New Haven, CT, to create a Mediterranean feel with plants that will survive the winter in Zone 6B or 7. They all were in beautiful, healthy condition, bloomed their first year, and, protected by a south-facing wall, leafed out to the tips of their branches this spring even after an unusually cold winter and spring. By the way, I've been growing crape myrtles further north, in Central Connecticut (in a suburb of Hartford) for over 15 years. 'Catawba' has proven reliably winter-hardy here in zone 6B on an unprotected street corner with NO microclimate, usually leafing out to the very ends of the branches in May, and blooming reliably and lavishly beginning in July for almost 3 months straight. I've also been growing 'Tonto' and 'Dynamite' as well - these will die back to the ground during a hard winter but always come up from the roots in the spring like a perennial to a height of 3-4 feet and bloom copiously as well. If I'm not feeling lazy and wrap them in black plastic, the branches come through the winter undamaged. I would encourage everyone in my Southern New England hardiness zone to experiment with crape myrtles. They are totally undemanding and wonderfully rewarding. (Occasionally I see yards around town and in neighboring towns that feature crape myrtles as "perennials" in shrub form - they're catching on).

Jacqueline E.
United States

Plants came in a timely

Plants came in a timely manner and were well protected in packing box! I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom!

Joseph S.
United States

Poor transit caused 5-6' trees ordered to be 2-3'

Two trees packed with pots on opposite sides of a long skinny box. Sounds great, unless the middle of the box is unsupported and the box bends in half. Then both trees break in half. Duh.

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Robert G.
United States

Tonto Crape Myrtle - 4-5 Feet

Purchased a Tonto Crape Myrtle 4-5 Feet, it was securely packed and came super fast, healthy & as described. Best purchase to date!

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