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 though 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.
|Type||Flower Color||Bloom Time||Zones||Height (ft)||Width (ft)||Growth Rate|
|Black Diamond Best Red||Red||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Blush||Light Pink||July to Oct||7 - 10||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Black Diamond Pure White||White||July to Oct||7 - 9||10 -12||8||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Catawba||Violet Purple||July to Late Sept||7 - 9||15||12||1 - 2ft/yr|
|Coral Magic||Salmon Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Dynamite||Cherry Red||Early July to Oct||7 - 9||15 - 25||15||2 - 3ft/yr|
|Muskogee||Lavendar||June to Oct||7 - 11||25 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Natchez||White||June to Oct||7 - 10||20 - 30||20||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Pink Velour||Deep Pink||Early July to Sept||7 - 10||8 - 10||10||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Plum Magic||Pink||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Purple Magic||Dark Purple||Late June to July||6 - 9||6 - 8||6 - 8||0.5 - 1ft/yr|
|Red Rocket||Red||July to Oct||6 - 9||20 - 30||15||3 - 5ft/yr|
|Grows in Zones||6, 7, 8, 9|
|Mature Height||20-30 Feet|
|Mature Width||15-20 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV' P.P.# 11342|
Questions and Answers
Erie, Pa15 miles south of lake Erie.
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.
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.
How To Care for your new Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
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.
Landscape Ideas for your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle will look great anywhere in your landscape! The true Red blooms add bold, vibrant color to your landscape. It can reach about 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide so be mindful of this when planning a spot to plant your tree. Crape Myrtles look great as single specimens planted in your yard and provide a wonderful focal point. Red Rocket Crape Myrtles will also look great framing the front door or the entrance of your driveway. Plant 1 on each side and watch them grow into magnificent flowering trees.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
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.
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