More about Tonto Crape Myrtle...
Tonto is a Fauriei hybrid crape myrtle that produces an abundance of large, deep watermelon-red flower clusters for up to 120 days during summer. It is is a semi-dwarf crape myrtle tree with excellent form and shape; topping out at 10-12 feet in height with a 8-10 foot spread.
Topping out at 10-12 feet in height, Tonto is a great selection for use in small groupings or as a single specimen, as a colorful screen or hedge, on the corners to frame in homes and other structures, or planted on both sides of an entryway.
About Fauriei Hybrid Crape Myrtles
In 1959, Dr. Donald Egolf began a crapemyrtle research project at the U.S. National Arboretum to develop crape myrtles that were disease resistant, hardy, true to flower color, and that would repeat bloom.
Germplasm of Lagerstroemia fauriei was collected in Japan by Dr. John Creech and distributed to the U.S. National Arboretum. This material was discovered to be resistant to powdery mildew; a disease known to inflict many varieties of crape myrtle, and to possess a unique, heritable, dark brown trunk color. L. fauriei was incorporated into the research program with great success. Since then, twenty "Fauriei Hybrid" crapemyrtle cultivars have been released!
The successful hybridization of Lagerstroemia indica with Lagerstroemia fauriei revolutionized the development of crapemyrtle. In addition to field resistance to powdery mildew, the hybrids provide new trunk colors that in the future may be sought as much as the brilliant flowers.
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Very nice treeSeptember 5th 2012
The Tonto crape myrtle I ordered came within a few days and it was a very nice multi-trunk specimen with 3 evenly spaced trunks and a nice branch system. I had asked you to make sure it was a tree and not a bush and I saw where you had limbed it up for me...thanks! I will tell all my gardening friends about Gardener Direct.