Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' PP #11,342
Mature Height: 15 to 20 ft.
Mature Spread: 12 to 17 ft.

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'Red Rocket' crape myrtles are simply amazing trees. Topping out at 20 to 30 ft. they are a very fast growing tree that fills with gorgeous clusters of bright red blooms from July to September, and both beautiful, hearty, and very drought resistant once established.

The blooms of a crape myrtle are a magnificent display that attract flocks of hummingbirds and butterflies through the summer months. These red crape myrtles produce 6 to 12” clusters of red flowers that can last for many weeks or even months. The leaves of crape myrtles are a unique glossy red/green and the growth rate of a crape myrtle is incredible, these trees can create shoots of new growth of more than a foot in just a few short weeks.

As they grow, crape myrtles can be trained into a clump of trees or keep a shrub like form. This characteristic makes them perfect for a number situations, such as the center piece of a garden or yard, a backdrop in front of a fence, lining a drive, or planting on the corner of a house.

The one downside of these trees is that they have a weakness to prolonged cold, and this should be taken into account when purchasing and planting them. For this reason we've begun to focus on more cold tolerant cultivars that can overwinter at - 10 degrees, which is zone 6 or higher. In cooler areas, it helps to protect crape myrtles from harsh winter winds by shielding them with other trees or a building. 

For you plant nerds out there (Travis included) you can find a more detailed accounting of the history and genetics of the red rocket crape myrtle here: www.drcarlwhitcomb.com

Bloom Color:Red
Bloom Period:Mid to late summer
Fall Color:Orange and red with hints of yellow
Foliage Color:Green with red/orange highlights
Genus & Species:Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' PP #11,342
Growth Rate:Fast
Mature Height:15 to 20 ft.
Mature Spread:12 to 17 ft.
Soil Type:Well drained soil; crape myrtles are drought tolerant
Sun Exposure:Full sun
Zone:6 to 10

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

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Suzan Berndt

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

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Jayma
Great experience

I’ve never ordered a tree/fertilizer online before but this has been a positive experience. I was surprised when my Red Rocket Crape Myrtle arrived it was completely packaged in a cardboard box which it had been in for two days during the shipping process. I was worried about it being out of the sun and fresh air that long. The root ball was still moist though and it was not damaged. After planting it as soon as it arrived and providing mulch it has been thriving here in the Florida sun. I’m looking forward to the bloom season to see it’s full beauty.

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Ashley Spivey
Loved My Dog Wood And My Red Rocket

My Red Rocket is already blooming it’s beautiful!!!! Thank you!

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Robert O’dell

It hasn’t done anything yet planted per your instructions the day it arrived about 10 minutes after UPS handed it off

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Orlando Lopez

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle