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Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'
Red Rocket Crapemyrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' RED ROCKET® USPP 11,342

$18.00 $23.40
This size 19 in stock Product ID: 393755

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Plant Min Zone: 5b

Plant Max Zone: 9b

Sunlight: All Day Full Sun, Full Sun

Water / Rainfall: Low, Average, High

Soil Quality: Average, Rich


Bloom Season: Summer, Late Summer, Fall

Flower Color: Red

Berry / Fruit Color: Black

Spring Foliage Color: Green

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Fall Foliage Color: Red, Orange

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: Yes

Scented Flowers: No


Drought Tolerance: Medium, High

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: High

Wind Tolerance: Medium, High

Poor Soil Tolerance: Clay Soils


Height: 4' - 6'

Width: 2' - 3'

Growth Rate: Medium, Fast

Service Life: Very Long: 10-20 years

Maintenance Need: Almost Zero Maintenance

Spreading Potential: Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Shrub Normally Winter-kills so trim to 3-6" off Ground in Winter or Early Spring: Blooms on New Wood.


Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5, Medium Grouping of 5-10

Best Side of House: South Exposure, West Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Survives Severe Drought, Tolerates Extreme Heat

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Long Blooming Season, Large Tropical Foliage / Flowers

Special Landscape Uses: None

Possible Pest Problems: Beetles

Plant Limitations: May get Occasional Winter-kill, Needs Thick Winter Mulch, Late to Emerge or Leaf Out in Spring


Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia) is a beautiful summer flowering shrub that dies down to the ground as a perennial each year in Zone 6 Kansas. Flower colors include bright red, pink, magenta, purple, and white. Many cultivars have been released improving foliage color, disease resistance, and flower blooming length. Newer cultivars now have maroon or reddish foliage adding interest before blooming. Beautiful fall color is often overlooked; shades of red, orange, and purple develop when Night temperatures reach into the 40s. In Kansas, crape myrtles grow best with hot south or west exposures or on south facing berms or hillsides. But they are suitable in any garden location as long as they are in full sun, they will build enough energy to come back from complete winter top-kill each year. Generally are 40 inches of rain per year is sufficient without extra watering, but if drought conditions occur, flowering will be reduced or shortened. Brief periods of excessive water and saturated soils are tolerated adding to their versatility. Many people from the south associate Crapemyrtles as a tree. That is true that in Texas and much of the Southeast, beautiful tree forms with exfoliating bark will occur because of mild winters. In Oklahoma and Arkansas for example crapemyrtles are usually grown as large shrubs experiencing major winterkill every 5-10 years. In Kansas and Missouri, or where temperatures regularly get to 0°, all top growth will die back and they will be grown as a woody perennial. After flowering and beautiful fall color is dropped, many people leave crapemyrtles throughout the winter to enjoy the winter interest of the dried seed heads. By March or April, cut plants close to the ground and watch for new growth. Flowering occurs on new wood and is much larger and more dramatic on sprouts from the ground. Flowers are often twice as big when grown this way. In the past, only fast-growing tree size cultivars for appropriate and Kansas because they have the ability to recover the fastest from complete winterkill and grow into a flowering-sized shrub by July. Now there are dwarf cultivars that are wood-hardy to -10 zone 6 for those not wanting to worry about winterkill. No disease or pest problems. Crapemyrtle are awesome for pollinators in the late season garden and especially effective when combined with vitex, butterfly bush, and/or caryopteris. Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket', developed by Dr. Carl Whitcomb, features brilliant cherry-red flowers with dark green foliage. It is one of the fastest growing crape myrtles reaching 4-6' in one season when cut to the ground in Kansas.


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