Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle
Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' Plant Patent #11,342Item #0902 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Clusters of ruby red, crepe papery flowers nearly cover the multi-stemmed shrub all summer long. The dark green foliage turns rich bronze-red in fall for great cool season interest. A stunning specimen or mass planting for late season color. Deciduous.
- DetailPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Upright grower 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attractive Bark, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Pet Friendly, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:RedPatent 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.