Very Red and Very Ruffled! Looking for something distinctly different in a crepe myrtle? Look no further than Ruffled Red Magic crepe myrtle. This new crepe myrtle has all of the great traits you love about your other crepe myrtles, but with a few HUGE new features. This compact plant blooms all summer with carnation-like glowing red flowers that stand out in stark contrast to the lustrous dark green foliage. And the foliage? When the flower show stops in late summer the leaves take over by turning a deep orange-red in the fall. Like others in the Magic series of crepes myrtles, Ruffled Red reblooms in late summer if the first flush of flowers is deadheaded. The plant is a strong upright grower, but compact with dense branching. It makes a great summer screen or foundation planting. It is also resistant to leaf spot and powdery mildew, which is quite a breeding accomplishment in red crepes. If you’ve never grown a crepe myrtle, this is the one to start with. Simple to grow and a garden showstopper, you will be forever happy that you planted one (or several!) of these beauties. Plant them with other bright flowers or shrubs in deep green. Let them draw the eye to some great piece of garden art or hide an architectural flaw. They are great on their own and in groups. They even succeed in large containers on your porch. * First Editions® Plants* Striking red flowers* Reblooms* Very disease resistant.
The Tonto Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Tonto’, is known to be the best cold hardy, red crape myrtle variety available! This offering from the National Arboretum is a vigorous grower that grows 10 feet tall and wide. The Tonto Crape Myrtle is valued mainly for its long period of striking summer flowers. Large clusters of red flowers appear on the tips of new branches beginning in early summer and continue into fall. In autumn, the leaves transition to a brilliant shades of orange and red. The fine, tan, exfoliating bark is exposed during the winter months, giving wonderful winter interest to your landscape. The Tonto Crape Myrtle is ideally suited for formal or informal design in the home landscape, street plantings and community plantings. It can be planted as a specimen or in groups, and looks attractive when underplanted with a ground cover. Tonto Crape Myrtles are easy to grow and if they are used for hedges, plant them 4 to 5 feet apart. * Cold hardy* Striking summer flowers* Winter interest* Fall Colors* Disease Resistance * Waterwise .