Another good Japanese hybrid, Tuscarora has dark coral-pink flowers and mottled light-brown bark. At about 23 feet at maturity, it is most often used as a tree specimen. The first blooms appear in early July and continue for about 70 days. Fall foliage is red-orange.
Note: Regardless of hardiness zone, all crape myrtles are subject to die-back at temps below 15 degrees. Probability of this happening is increased by pruning in fall or winter. Prune only in earliest spring. Bloom will be on new wood.
*Seldom Damaged by Deer* Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds & Birds.
Photos: U.S. National Arboretum