Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Tree

Stunning True RED BLOOMS that Simply Amaze!

  • Blooms all summer
  • Vibrant red color grabs attention
  • One of the only crapes that can grow in a northern zone 6
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If your looking for a serious punch of color add Red Rocket Crape Myrtles to your yard!  Most people have pink, purple, and white crape myrtles but not red.  

Red Rocket Crape Myrtles produce a beautiful, true red bloom from the beginning of July all the way through September.  Its dark green foliage really makes the red blooms come to life. In Spring, the new foliage pushes out a dark red changing over to dark green. In Fall, the foliage will turn a bright orange.

The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle will reach heights up to 25 feet tall, and 10 feet wide.  You can keep it multi-stemmed or train it to be a one stemmed tree.  Either way, this Crape will be a real show stopper.  Plant in full sun and provide plenty of water for best results.  The more sun, the more red blooms!  This crape myrtle is also insect and disease resistant.  It is one of the best all around varieties available.  Plant in Zones 6-9.

Pruning is not needed but light pruning in spring for structure and support will greatly benefit the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle.

Plant in a hedge, or line your driveway with Red Rocket Crape Myrtles.  There are so many uses for this tree.  You can plant one on each side of your house to anchor it in.  This tree will brighten up your landscape with great color.  Are you thinking about installing a island in the front of your home?  Add a Red Rocket Crape Myrtle, a boulder, some ground-cover, and some shrubs.  It will be spectacular.  See our landscape design ideas.

Additional Information

Shipping Restriction AZ
Grows in Zones 6, 7, 8, 9
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil Type Adaptable
Mature Height 20-30 Feet
Mature Width 15-20 Feet
Drought Tolerance Good
Fall Color Orange
Bloom Color Red
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' P.P.# 11342

How To Care for your new Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Tree

Be sure you choose the right location and have the appropriate conditions for your new Red Rocket Crape Myrtle to thrive.  Luckily Crape Myrtles are pretty easy to grow and don't require much maintenance at all.  If you follow growing zone guidelines for your particular variety you can plant your crape myrtle just about any time of year.  Red Rocket Crape Myrtles grow in zones 6-9.  We do recommend to avoid planting when temperatures are above 85 degrees.  

These trees prefer full sun, but can tolerate some shade and are adaptable to just about any soil as long as it is well-draining.  Crape Myrtles do enjoy a slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.0 or 6.5 being ideal, but as long as your soil isn't extremely alkaline there is no need to modify it.  Mulching with a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw or pine bark is ideal for crape myrtles.  Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as these increases the chances of pests and disease.  Mulching helps keep soil moist and protects roots during temperature extremes.   Crape Myrtles should be watered deeply about 2 times per week after planting for about 3 months.  After this establishment period, water deeply about once weekly when conditions are dry.  Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant once established.  Fertilize in early spring and when planting to give your tree a boost and help it achieve the best blooms.  Choose a balanced, slow release fertilizer.  If you know your soil is on the basic side choose a fertilizer that is for acid loving plants.  Crape Myrtles do not generally require pruning, but if needed, prune when they are dormant to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches.  Avoid the need to over prune your tree by choosing a variety that fits best in your chosen spot.  You can choose a variety that is only 5 feet tall up to varieties that grow over 30 feet tall.  Red Rocket Crape Myrtles grow up to 30 feet tall and about 15 feet wide.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants.  Proper location choice, watering and fertilization are the keys to your success.  There are not many pests or diseases that cause severe problems for crape myrtles.  Aphids are one of the few pests that attack crape myrtles.  Minor infections aren't likely to cause problems, but a severe infection can weaken your tree.  You can treat aphids naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap.  For severe infections use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin.  Red Rocket Crape Myrtles are extremely resistant to Powdery Mildew and other diseases.

 

Planting Directions

Step 1:

Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.

Step 2:

Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.

Step 3:

Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil.  Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.  

 

Planting a shrub digging the hole

Step 4:

Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.

Step 5:

Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.

Step 6:

Finish up by mulching around your new plant.  Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.

Step 7:

Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.

 

Shipping and Delivery

Most orders ship next business day.  Please allow 1-3 business day to process and pack your order for shipping.  View the Fedex shipping map below.  Please note that Fedex ships Monday-Saturday only and shipping times on the map below are not guaranteed.  West coast orders on plants will be held until the following Monday to prevent additional transit time on sensitive plants.  Your plants will be carefully packaged and shipped using Fedex.   

You will receive a confirmation via email when Fedex picks up your shipment.  Delivery emails are also sent when your package arrives.  As soon as your package arrives, It is important to open your boxes and water your new plants thoroughly.

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Each plant is carefully hand selected and packaged making sure that they will arrive ready to plant!  We ship Fedex Home Delivery which will ensure your package will also be delivered on a Saturday.  

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I always wanted a red crape myrtle tree. I looked everywhere but no red just pink. This will do just fine.
June 21, 2016
Good Red flowers
We bought one of these crape myrtles and we are happy with it. It grew about 3 feet already this year.
September 10, 2014
Great
Nice size. I ordered the 5 foot tree and it was well packaged. I will plant this week.

Thanks
March 21, 2016
More please
This Crape is taking over for the most asked about in my yard. I love all my crapes but this one is awesome. Time to order more please.
November 1, 2015
got my red rocket crape myrtle it was just beauiful dark red just like you said i put it near my garden bridge wear i have 6 little lambs i will order again
August 5, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Hubby did good :)
I was very surprised when FedEx showed up with a huge box and my name was on it. Of course I opened it immediately with a big smile. I have to admit, I kind of had a feeling my husband was ordering me a Red Crape Myrtle for our Anniversary. Indeed he did and he did good! Loved it and I can't wait to watch it bloom next summer.
November 1, 2015
Would buy again.
I ordered two red rocket crape myrtles. The plants were at my doorstep within five days. I planted them immediately and within another five days I have seen new growth. These plants seem to be very good.
August 6, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Very Pleased
Purchased 2 trees, had difficult with fed ex, but the trees finally arrived in great shape, watered and planted the next day looking good. Will ordered again. Thank You.
August 9, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Outstanding Plants!
Both red rockets arrived in excellent condition. They have shown good growth. Very healthy plants I highly I would purchase again!
July 4, 2017
Purchased
2 months ago
They showed up looking great only had them for a few days in the ground but so far so good. Think they will make it
August 8, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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It's a beautiful tree that is drought tolerant
Esperita B on Aug 21, 2017
The awesome red is the best colour !
Paul D. B on Aug 18, 2017
It's a beautiful tree that is drought tolerant
Esperita B on Aug 21, 2017
color
b j Stacey L on Aug 18, 2017
The awesome red is the best colour !
Paul D. B on Aug 18, 2017
Like red
Rahee F on Aug 14, 2017
The deep red color is gorgeous and certainly makes a beautiful statement
Renee M on Aug 12, 2017
Best colors
Joanne H on Aug 10, 2017
I chose these trees because of their vibrant red color. I love the way red "pops" in the garden. We have a very small rectangular shaped back yard that gets full sun that needs some shade. We are placing a tree on each side of the back of our 34 ft fence which is the perfect amount of room for these trees to grow to their full height and width. These trees keep their flowers for months and grow well in California. Excited!
Terri C on Aug 7, 2017
Wanted a true red CM that grows fast
Jerry P on Jul 26, 2017
bEAUTIFUL SAW THESE IN PA
Phyllis M on Jul 24, 2017
I chose the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle because of its amazing red color. Can't wait to get it and plant it!
Julia B on Jul 22, 2017
Beautiful color, grows in zone 6 and fast growing.
Deborah B on Jul 5, 2017
Live on the corner of neighborhood want the corner to pop.
Adam A on Jul 5, 2017
need to add color to our yard
Brian L on Jun 24, 2017
Wanted a blooming tree that was fast growing and could provide a privacy screen from our neighbor. And red blooms will be very striking!
ANN H on Jun 23, 2017
Color is great!
Nandranie S on Jun 22, 2017
Fastest growing Crape Myrtle!
Robert G on Jun 19, 2017
I have had several at other houses and have good success and they are beautiful spring to fall.
Robert H on Jun 2, 2017
oNLY CRAPE MYRTLE THAT FROWS IN MY ZONE
Benjamin M on Jun 2, 2017
For the deep red color, and for the hardiness of crepe myrtles. I have a purple one in my back yard and it is very hardy, easy to care for, and maintenance free. I want a true red flowering plant of this size in the front to set off the other colors of my house.
Sharon A. W on Jun 2, 2017
Chosen for color and rapid growth in full sun.
Tony F on May 31, 2017
I have a few red rocket crape myrtles and i needed a few more. They are beautiful!
Mark A on May 24, 2017
Unique all the way:)
Mardie D on May 20, 2017
From SC and miss these tress with such a beautiful color.... zone says I can grow in Ohio so I am going to try to bring SC to Ohio
Shelia S on May 17, 2017
I needed two red rockets to go with the two I have & the reviews I read made me decide to get them from you.
Cheryl M on May 7, 2017
I've been looking for these for over a year now after visiting my brother & sister in law in Canton GA. They are beautiful trees and very colorful.
Roberta C on Nov 1, 2016
My wife and I saw these trees on our trip to South Carolina this year, and decided that this would look great in our new flower bed on the southeast corner of our house.
Mark L on Sep 12, 2016
Love this vibrant color!
Theresa D on Sep 11, 2016
Bright red blooms and compact shape
Eric S on Sep 3, 2016
Saw them in Delaware and thought they were beautiful. I just had 2 trees removed in full sun area and it's very bare. Thought this would look wonderful there and I'm hoping it will grow well!
Marjorie C on Aug 29, 2016
love colors
Elzbieta M on Aug 28, 2016
A bright red color needed in my garden near my red deck. The Crepe Myrtle seems to have a long bloom time and I should enjoy it for most of the summer
Lynda D on Aug 28, 2016
Color
Patricia M on Aug 26, 2016
Dramatic look for flower bed anchor in front yard
Marquetta C on Aug 25, 2016
For the deep red color
Lynn C on Aug 22, 2016
Beautiful color and different then you see all over down here in NC
Ellison D on Aug 22, 2016
Mom likes red
Michael J on Aug 21, 2016
We wanted the color and the size of this Crape Myrtle.
Rand G on Aug 20, 2016
Quality product, and reasonable pricing
Kenneth W on Aug 20, 2016
They say this will grow in zone 6...I'm going to give it a try!
Juliane B on Aug 19, 2016
I love the bright red blooms to contrast the white blooms
Wileen A on Aug 19, 2016
Great price. Unusual color.
Venita C on Aug 16, 2016
Stunning!
Maribel A on Aug 13, 2016
Have a Red Rocket down the block and love the color!!!!!!
Richard Q on Aug 9, 2016
Looks like a beautiful red tree that blossums most of the summer months
Curtis H on Aug 8, 2016
Because we are looking for a very red crape myrtle.
Sheridan H on Aug 6, 2016
I planted two Red Rockets next to the driveway in my old house. Everyone driving into the neighborhood loved seeing their awesome blooms. Now, I need some for my new house. These 6 red rockets will enhance the two Natchez white's that I will be planting in the same area.
Helen T on Aug 3, 2016
I have seen these around my city and they look stunning! Very beautiful color! I want to plant them in my front yard.
Dharmendra S on Aug 1, 2016
I like to color of the flowers and the size of the tree is right for my front yard.
Melody M on Jul 30, 2016
Color
David R on Jul 30, 2016
I have been wanting this tree or awhile. and I could never get a cutting started so I am treating myself for being a BREAST CANCER survivor. I PRAY for great results with this trees, will order more later. thank you in advance for having them.
Linda J on Jul 29, 2016
color
b j Stacey L on Aug 18, 2017
Like red
Rahee F on Aug 14, 2017
What is the difference between Red Rocket Crape myrtle and Dynamite Crape Myrtle? Is the red different? I have been curious for a while! Thanks, Heather
Heather B on Jul 25, 2016
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Tree
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Tree
Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree
Dynamite Crape Myrtle Tree
BEST ANSWER: The Red Rocket Crape Myrtles are going to get much larger and also grow faster than the Dynamite Crape Myrtles do.
I have a crape Myrtle but it is just now blooming. It has deep red leaves on it which I have never seen before so we were afraid it was something else. It just bloomed this week and it seem to be one. Any idea of what kind it is ?
Brenfa C on Jul 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sounds like it is a Black Diamond Crape Myrtle. The leaves are very dark burgundy.
What's the lowest temperature that the red myrtle will grow in? I live in
Erie, Pa15 miles south of lake Erie.
A shopper on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle can grow in a zone 6. Erie appears to be a zone 6 on the map. Please use this site to check your specific growing zone with your zip code to be sure: http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

My mom is in central PA and her RR has done well. She does usually have some tip dieback, but that is pretty common with Crapes. It happens during freezing temps and you can just trim off the portion that dies. You definitely want to mulch the roots in well especially in the first year after planting. Some even wrap the base of the trunk for further protection in extreme winter temps. Watering the roots deeply prior to an extreme cold snap also protects the roots by keeping them at freezing rather than below it.
When will you be getting these back in stock?
Daniel G on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: As soon as possible! We don't have a date yet, but it should not take long for these to come back in stock:)
How tall was red rocket when it was received ? And was it in bloom
A shopper on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We received 2 Red Rocket Crape Myrtles in a box within 1 1/2 days of placing our order. They both stood three feet tall. We watered and planted them the next day. That was about 2 months ago. I didn't expect them to bloom this year since it was their first year for us. They grew 1 1/2 feet taller than when they arrived and bloomed beautifully and are continuing to do so. We love these little trees and look forward to seeing them grow next year. I'm told the fall foliage on these Crape Myrtles are a golden, reddish bronze color. I've already seen hints of that. Love them!!!
would this tree be good to plant in chicago?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chicago is going to be too cold for crape myrtles. It would most likely die back to the ground every winter.
Are there any crape myrtle that only grow 6 to 8ft tall?
David A on Jul 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes, check out the magic series that we carry.
Can i trim back to keep it about 6ft tall?
Becca on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These get to be 20-30 feet. So, I wouldn't recommend trimming them that severely. Look to one of the smaller or dwarf varieties.
How do I know what zone I'm in? Is there a chart that has zones listed?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all of the online plant websites have zone maps.

If you are unavailable to locate, you can always Google "Planting Zones". There is a USDA plant hardiness zone map which will indicate your particular zone.
Do deer eat crepe myrtle?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Crape Myrtles are deer resistant although a hungry deer will eat just about anything.
How can a crepe myrtle have 2 colors?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Red Rocket crape myrtle trees blooms usually pop with a white popcorn look flower as they turn to red quickly! It's really cool
I want a crimson color crape myrtle is there one that color?
TedJacks on Aug 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would say its more cherry red or true red than crimson.
was it shipped as a root ball or in a container?
Taina T on Aug 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All of our trees and shrubs are all shipped in container with soil and are also rooted in and ready to plant.
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