Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'

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.
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Once established, needs only occasional watering.

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Botanical Pronunciationla-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-dih-kuh
Average Size at MaturityUpright grower 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, needs only occasional watering.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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