Tonto Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Tonto' Multi
Large clusters of soft-textured fuchsia-red blooms on a semi-dwarf, multi-stemmed shrub. Foliage turns a luscious orange-red in fall for exquisite cool-season color. Smooth, colorful peeling bark adds year-round interest. Resists mildew, and is heat and drought tolerant. Ideal as a landscape accent or container specimen. Deciduous.
The Tonto Crape Myrtle is completely hardy from zone 7 to zone 9, so throughout the South and West this plant will thrive. However, even if you live in cooler areas, you can still grow this plant and enjoy its blooms. It is root-hardy well into zone 5; meaning that the top-growth may be killed by winter cold, but the plant will survive and send up new shoots from the base in spring.
Since Crape Myrtles flower at the ends of new shoots, those shoots that come in spring will definitely flower well; it is just that the plant will not of course become so large. In zones 5 or 6 expect the Tonto Crape Myrtle to grow 4 or 5 feet tall and perhaps 3 feet wide each summer – still enough to make a spectacular flowering shrub for the sunniest spot in your garden.