About Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’ is a well-known, popular tree known for its striking appearance. Its smooth bark is complimented by large clusters of tiny coral-pink crepe-like flowers and bright green leaves. Its foliage makes a beautiful transition from bright green to a striking orange-red throughout the fall season. Also commonly known as Tuscarora Crape Myrtle, you can expect this beautiful tree to grow an average size of 10-20′ wide by 20′ tall. Interestingly, you get a spectacular tree without many pests or fungus meaning that no fungicide treatments required and it is practically allergy-free.
This plant is known for its low water needs. However, water deeply once planted to establish an extensive root system then reduce frequency unless during times of extreme heat. It is suggested that it be fertilized in early spring and pruned once yearly from late Winter to early Spring. Cut back the branches leaving between 3 and 6 main trunks or branches to encourage new growth and maintain shape.
Where to Plant
Plant Lagerstroemia indica ‘Tuscarora’ in average well-drained soil in an area with full sun. With a rounded growth habit and interesting look, this tree looks great planted all on its own. If you have a larger area to fill, it looks great planted in multiples lining a large driveway or street medians.
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