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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Arapaho Crape Myrtle Planting Mix

Helps your Arapaho Crape Myrtle get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 7-9

Growing Zones 7-9
This plant is recommended for zones: 7-9
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-25 ft.

Mature Width:

10-20 ft.


Full Sun

Drought Tolerance:


Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Arapaho'

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Bright Red Blooms up to 6 months a year

* Created to provide bright red blossoms
* Grows 3-5 ft. per year!
* Adaptable to various soil types

Intense red flowers will attract everyone's attention. Bright, feathery blooms last from spring to fall.


The Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle - bred at the National Arboretum by some of America's best horticulturists - was created especially to give you bright red blooms.

Remarkably, horticulturists around the country generally agree that the new Arapahoe is the most disease resistant crape myrtle available, making it an excellent selection that requires no messy spraying - just months of candy red blooms to delight and amaze.

Perfect in Any Setting

As a barrier or tree hedge, Arapahos are one of the faster growing red Crape Myrtles...shooting up to 3-5 ft. per year.

Easily adaptable to any landscape - including yours - these trees offer spectacular color in any soil. Thrives in Growing Zones 7-9.

Be sure to plant your Arapaho Crape Myrtle in full sun. If they get too much shade, the bright red color may fade.

Because your trees are young, they may arrive with deep pink or fuchsia blooms. If this happens, don't worry. Your Arapahos will display bright red blooms the next summer.

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Customer Reviews

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red crepe myrtle
bought this year, 2014, planted at corner of yard. It has been in bloom every since we planted it. Beautiful bright clear red color. Soooo pretty. We are looking forward to it growing in size and becoming a land mark on our street.
September 29, 2014
lss vegas, NV
over 2 years ago
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Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle
My Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle arrived quickly, wonderfully packaged and in good condition. It bloomed right away. The blooms appeared to be pink, instead of red, but deepened in color after a few days. However, it now seems to be struggling, despite diligent watering and care. I suspect the location may be problematic somehow, but will continue to take care of the tree and hope for the best. Based on the fact that it arrived in good condition, I must assume that the problem is occurring on this end. I would definitely order from this company again.
September 2, 2014
over 2 years ago
Was very impressed by how well this tree was packaged when I received it but am even more impressed by how amazing it is doing. My tree was about 3 1/2 ft tall when I planted it last May and its already grown about 10 ft, and is starting to flower! Extremely satisfied with this tree and am definitely going to order at least one more for my back yard. I made the mistake of buying another tree from a local greenhouse for my backyard and planted at the same time and it died. Definitely recommend your trees, very high quality. Thank you
December 31, 2012
The tree was barely 3 feet tall when I received it and planted it in July of last summer. Just over a year later it is over 6 feet tall. It had full beautiful red blooms that lasted through October. I live in a very dry area, but the tree flourished anyway. I have been extremely satisfied with my Arapaho Red Crape Myrtle
December 31, 2012
Tree arived in excellent condition, good pkging. Is doing well during drought in Ozarks and blooming in mid-July. Beautiful red, not deep red
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
Growth Rate
arapaho crape myrtle
Hello, thank you for this opportunity to share with others, the pleasurable time I had ordering to planting. It was as easy as 1-2-3 check out your web sight- place your order including date you would like it delivered- and plant. The trees arrived just in time for planting just like I planned I had a few weeks of prep work to do' so it work out perfect. thanks again. Sincerely John, Lake Hiawatha NJ
October 29, 2014
over 2 years ago
My dad bought 5 of these from you in May 2008. All 5 of the Arapaho Crape Myrtles are growing wonderfully.
December 31, 2012
Colorful Crepe Myrtle
I have 8 Crepe Myrtles and live in zone 7. We experience extremes in temperature from -10 in winter to 105 degree summer days. It is important to put at least 10 inches of mulch at the base of each tree and wrap them in burlap before the first freeze of winter. Although my trees are growing 4-5 inches a year, most likely due to climate, they are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait until they are 10ft tall.
September 7, 2014
over 2 years ago
Today is 7/12/08. The Arapaho crape myrtle just arrived and I took it out of the box and watered it. It is twice as big and much healthier than one I got from another nursery in May. I look forward to seeing it grow and bloom.
December 31, 2012
You have been VERY kind. I appreciate a company that stands behind their product. I will continue to use you in the future and I will also recommend you to any one I know that is shopping for trees. I will be providing future business for my new home. Thank you again for your help and understanding.
December 31, 2012

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Arapaho Crape Myrtle

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Arapaho Crape Myrtle.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Arapaho Crape Myrtle gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Arapaho Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
because of its size and beautiful color.
Judith R on Oct 10, 2016
continue color in front garden end of summer
kenneth c on Oct 2, 2016
because of its size and beautiful color.
Judith R on Oct 10, 2016
Color and size.
Frederick M on Oct 3, 2016
continue color in front garden end of summer
kenneth c on Oct 2, 2016
Red little tree.
Robert on Sep 24, 2016
Love the red stunning blooms and the fact that they are lasting all summer long.
Tatyana Z on Sep 19, 2016
The color sounds beautiful and the tree had good reviews. I wanted flowering shade trees for a compact space.
Susan M on Sep 18, 2016
Pattie A on Sep 6, 2016
I am new to planting and the reviews say is very resilient just what I need !
Also love the color !
Wendy T on Oct 17, 2015
We have a large front yard with over 100ft of street frontage. We decided to make a colorful barrier out there with red crepe myrtles. The Arapaho seemed to be the best choice for the job.
James C on Oct 11, 2015
It's beautiful color.
tri l on Oct 8, 2015
Color and size.
Frederick M on Oct 3, 2016
Red little tree.
Robert on Sep 24, 2016
How deep do the roots of Arapaho Crape Myrtle grow since I want to plant a flowering tree in the front lawn, near my leach field.??
Sandra Moi R on Jul 8, 2014
Do any crape myrtles do well in zone 10?
Ali O on Mar 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the varieties that we carry that do well in a zone 10 are the Natchez, Pink Velour and Muskogee.
Will the Arapaho crepe myrtle do well in SLC, Utah or will it winter kill down to the ground in our
sometimes harsh winters?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Arapaho Crape Myrtle Tree isn't very cold tolerant. Temperatures consistently below freezing will kill it. Utah gets a little too cold for this tree.
Is Arapaho crepe myrtle deer reaistant?
A shopper on Jul 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Arapaho Crape Myrtle Tree is deer resistant. However no plant is 100% deer proof. If food is sparse deer will eat anything, but Arapaho Crape Myrtle Trees are definitely not a deer's first choice.
Is it possible to get his variety in a multi trunk tree?
Mark P on Jun 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Ours is a multi trunk tree. It had a rough time this past winter but is finally coming back nicely with 4.
how many bags of planting mix do you advise?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would suggest one bag of planting mix, since it's supposed to be mixed in with your natural soil to help your tree get used to its new environment.
Do I have to buy the planting mix or the planting kit for the crepe myrtles?
Jo P on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nope. Although I'm sure their kit product is excellent, I used a peaty organic soil, and mine have exceeded every expectation. Follow well, their planting instructions and rest easy.
when is the best month or time to plantnt? i live in zone 7.
A shopper on Jul 31, 2014
How fast do they grow ?
Kirk J on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We didn't fertilize ours at all the first year- planted in February I believe. By the end of the first year it had hardly grown at all. like maybe 6 inches. However, this spring (the beginning of our 2nd year) I fertilized it with regular 15 day miracle grow and holy cow! The thing has grown at least 4- 4.5 feet taller this summer.
Can the tree be planted near a drainfield?
Mollie V on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know. I planted mine in an open area where there is no drain field. It is still alive after a year but it has not grown more than a few inches. I live in northeastern Maryland and not sure if that's the reason. Our soil is mostly clay and gravel. I'm hoping it will improve.
can I grow this in northern california?
suellen l on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This will most likely grow in your area. The recommended growing zones for this tree tree 7-9. Here is a hardiness zone map to see what zone you are in:
when do i prune it?
A shopper on Oct 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My tree grew tremendously this year - almost three feet!!! I haven't pruned it yet, other than a few low lying new trunks. I've read that the best time to do it is early winter or early spring (after leaves have fallen or before new buds begin to appear). So, that's what I plan on doing.

FYI- it took a full season for my plant to take hold. Not much growth the first year but amazing blooms this year even though it's barely six feet tall at its highest point. I'm looking forward to more growth and blooms next year!
Hi. We live in Stewartsville, NJ and it says we are in zone 6a-10f. I would like to buy 2 mature red blooming myrtles since we just lost ours due to the harsh winter we just endured. Do you think they are hardy enough to withstand our winters? How do you recommend we protect them during the winter months? Thanks.
Liz R on Jul 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Zone 6 is too cold for the Arapaho Crape Myrtle. I would recommend a Red Rocket Crape Myrtle because it is more cold hardy.
Hello, I live in Tiburon, California, 94920 zip code, which is either zone 9 or 10. Does the Red Arapaho do well here? If not, which of the medium to large crapes do?
Thank you!
Heather M on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Crape Myrtles for a zone 10 are:
Pink Velour
Cherry Dazzle Dwarf Crape Myrtle
In zone 8 when is the best time to plant the crepe myrtles. also, what is the best spacing?
george w on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Spring/Fall is a great time for planting. I would space 5-10 feet apart.
can I still plant my great myrtle arapaho in September? i do live in zone 9
Marie W on Aug 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can plant in September, plant at least 6 weeks before the first frost.
When is the best time to plant the Arapaho Crape Myrtle, Fall or Spring? I live in Zone 7 in mountains of western North Carolina.
Dennis on Sep 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would say Spring
What treatment is needed to stop the leaves from turning black?
douglas on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I use Organocide 3-in-1 spray on my bushes and trees that develop this problem . So far I have not seen it on my Myrtle's though.
would like arapaho crape but limited to max of 10 feet, is this possible ?
Stan F on Dec 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Crape Myrtles are easily trimmed.
What type of plant food should I use and what is the best time to fertilize the crape myrtle?
M R on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 both work well and one application in the spring is sufficient.
How big will this tree grow?
Jeff S on Nov 2, 2014
BEST ANSWER: At maturity it will grow to be 15-25ft.
How do these trees do planted in containers like wine barrels?
lolly on Oct 13, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The larger the barrel the better. However, they do prefer to be in the ground.
When is best time to plant in South Georgia?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: In south Georgia you can plant in fall, winter or early spring.
How will Crape Mytles do in Topeka, KS?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Most Crape Myrtle Trees get a little too cold outside of above zone 6. The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle can handle cold temperatures in zone 5, but I recommend looking into other flowering trees like the Jane Magnolia or Cleveland Pear that can really withstand cold temperatures and inclement winter weather.

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