Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'

2 Reviews

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'

2 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


Light Red or Pink Blooms – The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is a versatile shrub or small tree that makes a great specimen plant, in lawns or in beds of shrubs and it is also a good choice for a privacy screen or along your property boundary. It can be grown in all warmer regions with the greatest of ease. With its flamboyant deep coral-pink flowers all summer and into the fall it is a real show-stopper in any garden.

• The brightest, most colorful Crape Myrtle around
• Very disease tolerant for clean foliage all summer
• Perfect small tree and screening plant
• Sun, heat and drought resistant for the hottest garden
• Flowers all summer and fall and then a spectacular display of colored leaves too

After it finally finishes flowering with the first frost, the leaves will turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red, adding to the interest created by this beautiful plant. In warm areas it will grow into a small tree 15 to 20 feet tall. In cooler regions it will grow 6 to 10 feet tall as a bushy shrub.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-9
Mature Width 8-15
Mature Height 15-20
Sun Needs Full Sun
Zones 7-9

Crape Myrtles are great plants for warmer areas and over the years many different varieties have been produced by plant breeders. They make beautiful small trees that can be controlled by pruning and they will produce large bunches of colorful flowers in summer and through fall right up to the last frost. They are easy, drought-resistant, trouble-free plants that belong in every garden warm enough for them to grow in.

The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is especially showy and its bright pink flowers bring lots of color to the summer garden, when many other shrubs have finished flowering. It has been specially bred to be resistant to the unsightly powdery mildew that often disfigures other Crape Myrtles and detracts from their beauty, so this plant will be gorgeous all the time.

If you live in cooler areas of the United States and have always admired the Crape Myrtles of the South, this tree can be grown throughout zone 6. There it will die back in part during the winter but it will rapidly re-sprout in spring and by summer be at least 6 feet tall and covered in blooms. It can be grown behind other flowering Perennial plants and will flower with phlox and other late-flowering Perennials. With some protection in winter it can even by grown in this way in most of zone 5, so this plant can be grown across almost all of America.

Growing Tuscarora Crape Myrtle Trees

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is a rapid-growing tree that can grow as much as 10 feet a year from an established plant. Newly planted bushes will grow 3 to 6 feet in their first year. Crape Myrtle is known for its drought-resistance and ability to flourish in hot, dry, exposed places and even in spots with only a little soil available. It has no important pests and it is also deer resistant, so it can be planted anywhere.

Size and Appearance

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle will grow as a tree with several trunks, or it can be trained to have a single trunk. It will grow to at least 20 feet if left un-pruned, but it can be controlled to 12 or 15 feet with annual pruning each spring. The large bunches of coral-pink flowers are produced for 2 to 3 months and if they are removed as they fade more will often be produced. The leaves are thick and leathery and grow about 3 inches long. In fall the leaves turn yellow, orange and red and Tuscarora makes a particularly beautiful fall display, since some other varieties just turn yellow.

Tuscarora also has especially beautiful multi-colored pale bark which falls in strips to reveal fresh, mottled bark beneath. In zone 6 and especially in zone 5 most of the top-growth will die over the winter, but strong new shoots will grow up from the base and form a 6 to 10 foot shrub, which will flower in late summer and into the fall.  Once new shoots are seen in spring, you should remove the dead branches back to those new shoots.

Planting Location

Choose a sunny spot for your Tuscarora Crape Myrtle. It should be planted in well-drained soil and not in a low-lying area of your garden. It is perfectly hardy in zones 7 to 9 and will grow well in zone 6 and even 5, although some of the branches will die in winter, so it will not grow so tall in those regions. It is important when planting Crepe Myrtles not to plant any deeper than the containers they are in and not to cover the roots with a lot of soil. So dig a hole two or three times wider than the pot, but no deeper. Place your plants in the hole, replace most of the soil and firm it well down. Then water thoroughly and replace the rest of the soil, being careful not to cover the roots with any extra soil.

History and Origins of the Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

The common Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) was first brought to Charleston, South Carolina around 1790 from its natural home in China and Korea. It thrived in the warm climate there and has long been a symbol of summer in the South, with its vivid blooms. There have been many color forms produced by plant breeders, but the problem of mildew has always been an issue for gardeners.

The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle was developed in 1981 as part of a program at the National Arboretum, Washington D.C. to breed new Crape Myrtles with resistance to mildew. It has proved since then to be perhaps the most mildew-resistant Crape Myrtle available, so if you live in an area where you see this problem then this is the variety you should definitely be growing.

Buying Tuscarora Crape Myrtles at The Tree Center

Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is such a special plant that only the exact plant will have the right color and growth rate. So it must be produced directly from trees absolutely known to be right. Our trees are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings of these special trees.That way every tree is identical to the original one. However these take longer to produce, so avoid cheaper, seedling trees that will only be a disappointment.

We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However, we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.

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Tuscarora Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora'

2 Reviews