Japanese Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Tuscarora'

Lagerstroemia x fauriei

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: x fauriei (FAU-ree-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Tuscarora
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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer




Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atmore, Alabama

Montevallo, Alabama

San Leandro, California

Santee, California

Ocean View, Delaware

Bartow, Florida

Holiday, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Gray, Louisiana

Houma, Louisiana

Essex, Maryland

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Efland, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

New London, North Carolina

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Seymour, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Bedford, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Joshua, Texas

New Caney, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Fairfax, Virginia

Fishersville, Virginia

Urbanna, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 22, 2016, PatYates from Ogden, UT wrote:

Even though I've seen this listed as hardy to zone 6 on many sites I don't think it's reliably hardy here from my experience. I planted a 12" tree in the summer of '14. It bloomed that year but died to the ground that winter.

It came back from the roots the next year and grew to about 18" and bloomed well. After doing a scratch test I'm pretty sure it is dead above ground again. It's in a microclimate that hasn't gotten below 10F since I planted it.

I'd love to see it grow into a nice tree but so far it looks like it's only going to be a small perennial bush in this climate.


On Oct 31, 2014, karemo from Melbourne,
Australia wrote:

Thrives in Melbourne, AU (9b). Very drought tolerant - handles the dry heat well and needs little/no supplementary watering. Good small feature tree for an area that needs shade in Summer and light in Winter. Flowers are a vibrant deep pink, I also get good Autumn colour in the foliage.


On Apr 26, 2011, mdgdnr from Essex, MD wrote:

It's a beautiful plant. It bloomed the very first summer I planted it! It is very hardy for a crape and has survived some snowstorms! I have had some trouble with browning leaves in late summer. I don't know why. Perhaps it became dry, but this region is coastal and humid. The blooms are beautiful. I have had some dieback of the tips of the branches since day one. It happened two years in a row. I would say a two-inch dieback, which isn't bad because that's about how much I would prune off anyway! It hasn't taken off or grown as much as I expected. My brown turkey fig tree has done better. This one is situated out front and gets ample late afternoon sunlight- whereas the fig is in back and receives some late morning and early afternoon sun. We are a 7b/8a with hot, humid summer... read more


On Jul 10, 2007, porchpet from Holiday, FL wrote:

i love this plant, they are beautiful when full & thick in bloom.
though in the dorment days its not very attractive and drops all its leaves. but its very well worth the wait of bloom, it started blooming the begining of the summer late may maybe or early june


On Jul 26, 2005, neldacantu from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I planted three four foot "Tuscarora" crape myrtles in late spring and have been thrilled with them! They bloom profusely and have a beautiful and bright rosy/hot pink color to them. (Not mauve!) They have bloomed continuously because I have pruned the spent blooms and fed them with fertilizer.


On Jul 16, 2005, TJsGarden from Austin, TX wrote:

This tree is all over Austin, TX...absolutely beautiful in a grouping!