Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Tuscarora') in the Crepe Myrtles Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: to 25 feet
Plant Spread: 15 to 18 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Other: leaves turn orange in fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Hot pink to deep Magenta-pink.
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Flowering Tree
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: nectar & pollen gathering insects
Resistances: Powdery Mildew
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Days to germinate: 2 to 3 weeks. Can be planted in potting medium.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Division
Pollinators: Bumblebees
Bees
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Comments:
Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jul 20, 2013 11:51 AM

I have high accolades for the Tuscarora Crape Myrtle.

Tuscarora has a broad vase shape and is highly mildew resistant, having exfoliating bark and red/orange fall leaf color.

It does take about 3 years to get established enough to produce its best, most lush flower display. But it is a carefree, long-flowering, heavy flower producer.

We planted 18 Tuscaroras along our driveway, behind a shorter growing evergreen hedge.

Tuscarora makes a wonderful screen, at 18-25 feet tall, and an eye-catching display starting in mid-July here, blooming until fall.

I have found conflicting reports on their hardiness zones, however. Some sources report hardiness Zones 6-9, where others state Zones 7A-9.

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Jul 28, 2014 8:25 PM

Tuscarora Crepe Myrtle is a stunner! The blooms are absolutely vibrant. The Tuscarora has tan, heavily exfoliating bark, which reveals a slightly deeper shade of trunk underneath. The bloom period for this Crepe Myrtle runs about 70 days, starting in early July. It puts on a show, too, with heavy bloom where the panicles are 8 inches wide by 12 inches long. Tuscarora sports an upright vase shape and has a slightly slower growth rate than many varieties, but its spectacular floral display makes up for the slower growth rate.
Tuscarora is one of the cultivars developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National Arboretum, and as such has outstanding mildew resistance. The Arboretum introduced it in 1981.
This cultivar is a great choice for limited spaces because of its growth habit.

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