Rikki Tikki is part of the Rouge series of dwarf crapemrtyle. They are unique due to their compact silver, maroon, deep green foliage and outstanding blooms. These compact crape myrtles are a very fast growing shrub that fills with gorgeous clusters of dark pink blooms from July to September, and both beautiful, hearty, and very drought resistant once established. The dark green leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the blooms and a beautiful contrast to the brighter greens of your garden.
The blooms of a crape myrtle are a magnificent display that attract flocks of hummingbirds and butterflies through the summer months. These dark pink crape myrtles produce 4” to 6” clusters of dark pink flowers that can last for many weeks or even months. The leaves of crape myrtles are a unique glossy dark mocha/green. Expect Rouge to reach 5 to 6 feet of new growth. In zone 6 this may die back to the ground, but as long as winter remains mild the growth will come back. Rouge keeps a shrub like form, which makes it perfect for a shrub border, a backdrop in front of a fence, lining a drive, or planting on the corner of a house.
|Bloom Color:||Dark pink|
|Bloom Period:||Late summer to fall|
|Genus & Species:||Lagerstroemia indica 'SMNLIMG'|
|Mature Height:||3 to 5 ft.|
|Mature Spread:||2 to 3 ft|
|Plant Spacing:||3 to 5 ft.|
|Planting Depth:||Plant even with root crown|
|Planting Time:||Spring or fall planting - comes out of dormancy later than most plants|
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil.|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun (6+ hours)|
|Zone:||6 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Rikki Tikki™ Rouge Crapemyrtle
Crape Myrtles will bloom on new wood, pruning winter die-back in the spring is recommended. Otherwise only prune for visual appeal. Crape myrtles thrive in full sun and dry well drained soil. Supplemental watering is recommended until the plant is established. In colder climates where the weather drops below freezing for extended periods of time we recommend an application of 2 to 3 inches of mulch in the fall to protect the roots from freeze.