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TALL ORCHID - TWILIGHT

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TALL ORCHID
(Monrovia Nurs., Azusa , CA . Cat. p. 64. 1961-62): Upright; lvs. large, rich green; fls. large, rich orchid.
= MONIA, MAJESTIC CLOUD, MAJESTIC ORCHID™.

TAWAKONI PINK
(James C. Kell, Comp.., Houston , TX . Crapemyrtles in Cultivation. 1990:Rev. 6/94. unpubl.): Pink (medium to dark hot pink) flowers. Leaves 2" x 2.5", glossy, rounded. Height 10-12', multitrunked.

TERRE CHINOISE®
(Desmartis & Cie., Bergerac, France. Cat. p. 18. 1973-74): Vigorous growth; panicles slender, well distributed; fls. early, Bordeaux Purple (orchid purple). Orig. as hybrid developed in 1960 by Jacques Desmartis, Bergerac, France. Named, trademarked in France, and intro. in 1973 by Desmartis & Cie. Name registered January 15, 1975.
[NOTE: In accordance with the 1995 International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants, names that are trademarked are not valid cultivar names. Therefore, the registration of the cultivar name TERRE CHINOISE is rescinded and the cultivar name DESCHIN is registered and approved as of January 1, 1996. International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants - 1995, Principle 6, p. 4. 1995].
= DESCHIN.

TEXAS RED
(Crimson Dale Nursery, Winchester , TN. Cat. p. 10. 1962-63, without descr.).

TEXAS STAR
(James C. Kell, Comp.., Houston , TX . Crapemyrtles in Cultivation. 1990:Rev 6/94. unpubl., without descr.).
(Andersen Horticultural Library’s Sources of Plants and Seeds, P. 137, without descr., as available from Aldridge Nurs., Von Ormy, TX, p. 14.).

THE BRIDE
(S. Percy-Lancaster, Proc. & Jour. Agr. Hort. Soc. India. p. 55. 1913): Fls. soft pink; selected in 1908 from cross of L. indica ALBA X L. ROSEA.
(S. Percy-Lancaster, Proc. & Jour. Agr. Hort. Soc. India. p. 21. 1920): Reported as a cross of L. indicaCANDIDA X L. indica ELEGANS.

TIGHTWAD™
(Dr. Carl Whitcomb, Lacebark Inc., Stillwater, OK, “Five New Crapemyrtle”, undated, unpubl. sheet received May, 1999, at U.S. National Arboretum): The name FIRECRACKER™ was crossed out and the name TIGHTWAD™ was penned in beneath it. U.S. plant patent applied for. Flowers: Currant (light) red, more or less evenly distributed over the plant; some fls. with white on some petals, especially on fls. that open during cool, cloudy periods. Fls. are in clusters of 3-10 or more or sometimes singly. Fl. buds are crimson. To date, no seeds have been produced. In central Oklahoma flowering begins in mid July and continues sporadically to frost. Foliage: New lvs. are wine/red, quickly changing to purplish green then to dark green. Lvs. are thick, leathery, dark green, ½ to 1½ in. long or about ¼ to ½ the size of normal crapemyrtle lvs. Young stems are cardinal red. Branches prolifically, creating a low mound; mound form continues with age. Drought tolerant; transplants easily and establishes quickly. Roots easily from softwood cuttings. Cold hardy to -2 to-5F. Highly resistant to powdery mildew. Flea beetles may damage foliage.
= WHIT V, FIRECRACKER™.

TINSLEY
(D.R. Egolf and A.O. Andrick, The Lagerstroemia Handbook/Checklist, AABGA, p. 64. 1978): Vigorous growth; original tree 24 ft high; lvs. similar to L. fauriei; fls. lavender; mildew resistant; hardy in Houston , TX . Orig. as chance seedling of L. fauriei X L. indica at the residence of C.D. Tinsley, Houston , TX . Selected about 1965 by B.M. Basham, Conroe , TX . Named in 1969 and intro. in 1970 by Lynn Lowrey, Lowrey Nurs., Conroe , TX . Name registered February 26, 1975
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TINY FIRE
(Select Nurs., Brea , CA . Cat. p. 36. 1967): Dwarf; fls. rich red. Orig. and intro. by Select Nurs.
= DWARF TINY FIRE.

TOM DODD
(Amer. Nurseryman CXLV(3):73. 1977, Monrovia Nursery Co., Azusa, CA, advertisement, without descr.). Previously published as invalid cultivar name: D.R. Egolf and A.O. Andrick, The Lagerstroemia Handbook/Checklist, AABGA, p. 64. 1978. Tom Dodd gave his neighbor this plant to test. Walter Grimes in turn gave it to Wiley A. Roach to test. Mr. Roach, Roach Nursery, West Monroe, LA, named it TOM DODD. It is a seedling from Okmulgee, OK. The flowers are a strong orange-red. At 12 years the plant reached 4' x 4' in size. Name registered December 1, 1978.

'Tonto' bark. Click thumbnail for larger image 'Tonto' flowers. Click thumbnail for larger image TONTO
(D.R. Egolf, HortSci. 25(5):585-5887. 1990): Deciduous, globose, semi-dwarf, multi-stemmed shrub; exfoliating bark cream (Yellow Orange 20D 3) to taupe (Grey Brown 199B); lvs. semi-glossy, elliptic to obovate, 4.5-5.3 cm long and 2.0-2.8 cm wide, dark green (Yellow Green 147A above and Yellow Green 146B beneath), in autumn bright maroon (Greyed Red 199A to Greyed Red 180A); infl. upright, globose, 10-21 cm long and 8-13 cm wide with fuchsia (Red Purple 61B) fls. blooming from mid July to September; mildew resistant; hardy USDA zone 7b; orig. in 1974 from the cross of [(L. indicaPINK LACE x L. fauriei) x L. indica CATAWBA] X L.TUSCARORA; intro. in 1990 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 54972; PI 534644. Name registered May 1, 1992.

TOWNHOUSE
(J.C. Raulston, Friends of the NCSU Arboretum Newsletter:15:11-12. 1986): Wide spreading habit; darkest red bark of any crapemyrtle in their collection; fls. white; orig. about 1981 as chance seedling of L. faurieiFANTASY; selected in 1984 and intro. in 1986 by North Carolina State University Arboretum. Name registered November 30, 1994.
(Bold Spring Nursery, Monroe , GA. P. 24. Fall 1992-Spring 1993): Deciduous. Size: 30' x 20'. Shape: Arching rounded Tree Form. Texture: Medium. Hardiness: Zone 6 to 9. Fall Color: Yellow. Bark: Rusty Brown. Flowers: White, Numerous. Rate of Growth: Fast. More Cold Hardy than Indica. Numerous white flowers are smaller than other Crapemyrtles and don’t weight branches down as much.

TRUE RED
(Wm. H. Henderson, Expt. Gdns., Fresno , CA . Cat.. p. 18. 1939): Small tree; fls. rich rose red, panicles 9 in. broad, 10 in. wide.

TRURED
(U.S. Plant Patent #18456): Deciduous shrub to small tree to 20 ft tall and 25 ft wide at maturity; leaves 1.75 to 2.75 in long and 1.25 to 1.75 in wide, young leaves emerge Greyed-Purple 185A on upper and lower surface and mature Yellow-Green 147A on upper surface and Green 137C on lower surface; inflorescences 8 to 10 in long and 6 to 8 in wide with 200 flowers, flowers 0.75 to 1 in tall and 1.25 to 1.75 wide, emerge and mature Red-Purple 60B.  Originated as “controlled open pollination” of ‘TUSKEGEE’ in North Zulch, TX. Named and introduced by Russell Howell Carroll.  Name registered January 29, 2014.

TUSCALOOSA RED
(James C. Kell, Comp.., Houston , TX . Crapemyrtles inCultivation. 1990:Rev 6/94. unpubl.): Red (watermelon) flowers in summer; 20'-25', multi-trunked, fast-growing tree; mildew resistance moderate.

'Tuscarora' bark. Click thumbnail for larger image 'Tuscarora' flowers. Click thumbnail for larger image TUSCARORA
(D.R. Egolf and A.O. Andrick, The Lagerstroemia Handbook/Checklist, AABGA, p. 64. 1978): Multiple-stemmed large shrub or small tree; trunk light brown; lvs. heavy, glossy above, dark green and red tinged when young, 3-8 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm wide; infl. 12-30 cm long and 10-20 sm wide, with dark coral pink (Red 54A 2) fls.; plant under field conditions highly mildew tolerant. Orig. in 1967 from a cross of L. (indica x fauriei) BASHAM’S PARTY PINK X L. indica CHEROKEE; selected in 1971; to be introduced in 1980 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 41787; PI 427116. Name registered May 15, 1978. Released July 24, 1978.


'Tuskegee' bark. Click thumbnail for larger image 'Tuskegee' flowers. Click thumbnail for larger image TUSKEGEE
(D.R. Egolf, HortSci. 21(4):1078-1080. 1986): Deciduous, multiple-stemmed, small tree; branching distinctly horizontal, trunk mottled light grey tan (Greyed Orange 164D 2) and spectacular throughout the year; lvs. elliptic, 6-10 cm long and 2-5.5 cm wide, dark green (Green 137A above and Yellow Green 147B beneath), in autumn orange red (Orange 26A, Orange Red 34A to Red 46A); infl. 15-22 cm long and 12-18 cm wide with dark pink to near red (Red Purple 57D) fls., frequent recurrent blooming from early July to September; mildew resistant; Hardy zone 7b; orig. in 1968 from the cross of L. indica DALLAS RED X L. (indica x fauriei) BASHAM’S PARTY PINK; selected in 1972; intro. in 1986 by U.S. National Arboretum; NA 48471; PI 499814. Name registered May 1, 1992. Variously misspelled as TUSKAGEE, TUSKEEGEE.

TWILIGHT
(Henry Field Seed & Nurs., Shenandoah , IA. Cat. p. 85. Sp. 1958): Standard; lvs. shiny, deep green; fls. royal purple.
(Texas Nurs., Sherman , TX . Cat. p. 8. 1959-60): Vigorous grower; panicles heavy, fls. dark purple. Orig. as chance seedling selected in 1957, named in 1958, and trademarked in State of Texas by J.B. Fitzpatrick, Texas Nurs. Red Purple 59D2.

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COMPILED BY RUTH L. DIX -- December 1, 1999 -- U.S. National Arboretum
Posted to U.S. National Arboretum Website January 6, 2005 -- Revised May 25, 2005

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