- Botanical Name:Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tonto’
- Height:8 – 10 feet.
- Spacing:10-12 feet.
- Depth:Plant at the same depth as in the pot.
- Spread:10 – 12 feet.
- Light Required:Full Sun
- Color:Deep Pinkish-Red.
- Blooms:Mid Summer, Late Summer
- Form:Shrub, Flowering Tree
- Flower Form:Large decorative panicles of many small frilled flowers with crinkled petals. Extremely beautiful.
- Soil Requirements:Well-drained, tolerant of heavy clay soils.
- Growth Rate:Fast once established.
- Pruning:To shape and for aesthetics. Also remove spent bloom panicles to encourage repeat blooming.
- Foliage:Elliptic-ovate, lustrous medium green. New growth has a bronzy-pink cast. Develop an attractive light maroon to bright red color in fall.
- Comments:Trees should flower the first season, but will flower more heavily the 2nd or 3rd year. If tree is potted in zone 6 and 7, place it in an unheated garage or sheltered area outdoors for the Winter. This tree is often grown multi-stemmed, with blooms on upper 1/3 of the plant. Likes hot, sunny areas. A very handsome and beautiful all around plant in the landscape. Year round appeal with beautiful vase shaped growth habit. Highly ornamental bark and large profuse flower clusters. Often planted in groups with ground covers beneath. Excellent dwarf variety making it suitable for small gardens and corner spots – even containers. Young branches dark purple becoming gray-brown at maturity. The most hardy of the dwarf varieties developed at the National Arboretum.
Tougher than its Southern cousin. Tolerates subzero temps; consistently produces loads of brilliant red flowers. Leaves turn scarlet in fall. Grows 7-10 ft. tall with a rounded top. Red-tinged, graybarked branches are heavy with blooms from mid to late summer. Zones 6-9.