• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Upright grower 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
  • Detail
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Upright grower 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Red
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA vivid red crepe myrtle is an ideal foundation accent tree for the front yard. Add to a long fence line bed for interest or integrate into evergreen trees or those that bloom in spring to offer late summer balance. A beautiful choice for small city lots with four seasons of change.
    Companion PlantsFor a bold and colorful garden group this crepe myrtle with Peacock Butterfly Bush, (Buddleja davidii 'Peacock'), Blue Bird Rose of Sharon, ( Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'), Pink Diamond Hydrangea, (Hydrangea paniculata 'Pink Diamond') and Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine, (Campsis radicans 'Monbal').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. Thin young trees in late winter to early spring, leaving 3-7 main trunks or canopy branches. On older trees, prune only to remove suckers that have emerged from main trunks or ground.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This small tree is native to a large region spanning the South Pacific from China to parts of northern Australia. It first reached Kew Gardens in England about 1579 and classified by Linnaeus. The plant arrived on American shores where botanist and nurseryman Andre Michaux of Charleston, South Carolina successfully cultivated them in the 1780s. Offspring of these are believed to have grown at Mount Vernon and other early American historic sites. Red Rocket is a recent introduction developed by former professor Carl Whitcomb of Lacebark, Inc., Stillwater, Oklahoma.