'Tuscarora' Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora')

  • The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is known to have a long period of striking flower color, attractive fall foliage, fabulous, exfoliating bark and good drought-tolerance, making it a favorite small tree for either formal or informal landscapes.
  • Literature suggests that this cultivar is less cold hardy than some of the other selections, but has fared well in our North Florida Arboretum with little attention.   It is recommended for planting in urban areas.
  • Height:  18 to 25 feet
  • Spread:  15 to 18 feet
  • Crown shape:  The tree is upright-spreading, or vase-shaped, with branches spreading out as they ascend.
  • Flowers:  Coral Pink; 6- to 12-inch-long clustered blooms appear on the tips of branches during the summer.  Flowers may stain car paint.
  • Fall color:  orange, red, yellow
  • Lower branches droop as they grow older, and they will need to be removed to show off the bark and interesting trunk form.  Pruning should be done in late winter or early in the spring before growth begins because it is easier to see which branches to prune. New growth can be pinched during the growing season to increase branchiness and flower number.
  • `Tuscarora' is resistant to powdery mildew and insect pests are few, although aphids often infest new growth causing an unsightly but harmless sooty mold to grow on the foliage.  For more information on sooty mold, click here.
  • Crape-Myrtle grows best in full sun with rich, moist soil but will tolerate less hospitable positions in the landscape once it becomes established, including clay and alkaline soils.
  • This cultivar is recommended for planting in urban areas.  It grows well in limited soil spaces in urban areas such as along boulevards, in parking lots, and in small pavement cutouts if provided with some irrigation.
  • To determine which cultivar is right for your landscape, visit Crapemyrtle in Florida for a list of cultivars and their characteristics.

Information Source: Lagerstroemia x 'Tuscarora': 'Tuscarora'

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