The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is a hybrid between the Japanese Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia faurei) and the common Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), which was developed by the US National Arboretum in 1978. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle produces long lasting clusters of dark pink flowers. Each cluster within the Tuscarora Crape Myrtle has hundreds of pink flowers and each cluster can range from 8” to 16” long. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle has a very tall and vigorous growing habit with small alternate leaves that are rounded at the base and are 1” to 3” long. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle has leaves that are glossy green in the summer and in the fall they turn red-orange. Each summer the Tuscarora Crape Myrtle exfoliates its light brown colored bark in thin strips to expose a smooth and light gray colored bark. The Tuscarora Crape Myrtle is adaptable to a wide range of soil types, very drought tolerant and has a very good resistance to powdery mildew.