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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

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The fast growing Red Rocket Crape Myrtle gives you tons of color for months throughout the summer. It does well in colder climates where other crape myrtles fail to grow.

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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

The Fastest Growing Crape Myrtle

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• Long lasting red blooms
• Highly drought tolerant
• Resistant to mildew

Just like its name suggests, the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle™ shoots up like a rocket, and gives you beautiful red flowers from early July to September. 100 days of blooms!

Red Rocket Crape Myrtles can grow up to 5 feet or more a year, and give you abundant blooms. Reaches a mature height of 20-30 feet. Spreads out 15-20 feet wide. Plant 10 feet apart for a beautiful flowering privacy screen.

Imagine lining your property with these gorgeous red flowering trees! One of the truest red blooms you can find on a crape myrtle. Its dark green foliage compliments these bright flowers. The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle blooms start light red the first year and then get deeper each year.

This extraordinary crape myrtle is extremely cold hardy, thriving in Growing Zones 6-9.

Red Rocket trees are easy to grow. They are highly drought resistant and require only average amounts of water once established.

Your new tree has a well developed root structure that will support rapid growth. Our Red Rocket Crape Myrtle trees have been pruned before spring to strengthen the root system so they will adapt quickly and easily to your region. This also gives you a fuller tree, faster growth and thicker blooms during the summer months.

Growing Zones: 6-9

Mature Height: 20-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-20 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 6-9
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It's Easy to Plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Specific Directions for Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day. Crape Myrtles can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Make sure that your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle doesn't sit in a low area that collects standing water. Plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtles at least five feet apart for a hedge or privacy screen.

Red Rocket Crape Myrtles will adapt to your natural soil even if it's sandy or heavy in clay as long as it's well draining. Let your soil dry to the touch down about two inches in between waterings. Crape Myrtles are drought tolerant and will only need extra water during absence of rainfall.

Fertilize your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle early every Spring with a fertilizer that's high in nitrogen and prepare for the show. Red flowers start blooming every summer and last into the Fall when the green leaves turn a bronze red. The blooms start off light and get darker as the season progresses.

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Red Rocket 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 Red Rocket Crape Myrtle again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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After two full years, these trees are still quite small and I have no flowers. I bought them for their flowering property so I hope as they get bigger, they will bloom
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December 31, 2012
3 years ago
I bought 5 of these and only one survived. When they arrived they were sticks but i have to say the one that survived is now beautiful. We live in CT and i am happy with the tree but it did take 3 years to grow to bush size. Slow growth but i hope someday it grows into a nice big tree.
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December 31, 2012
Our 3 trees arrived in excellent condition and were planted approximately 2 months ago. They have survived a drought and are thriving! I did not expect blooms the first year, but one tree is in full bloom already, and the other two are almost there. I couldn't be happier with these trees thus far. The blooms are more pink than red, but I'm not disappointed
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
Beautiful, but not as hardy as represented
This one will NOT survive in a Zone 6! I am on a border Zone 6-7, and my hardy varieties both died this winter.
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September 5, 2014
1 year ago
I got one of these back in the spring and kept it watered this summer. It had a lot of blooms on it for its first summer.The only thing I noticed was that they are more pink than red. Does anyone if it gets more red the older it gets or did they send me the wrong Crape?
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December 31, 2012
2 years ago
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Can you plant in Orlando in the summer?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: If the temperatures aren't scorching hot you can go ahead and plant these. If temperatures are consistently in the 90's I would advise waiting until the early fall to plant your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle.
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How long will it take to bloom, if planted within 1 month from now?
(unknown) ( on Jun 25, 2014
Best Answer: Mine started to bloom about 5-6 weeks after I planted it.
Reply · Report · Nelly C on Jul 6, 2014
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how late in the summer can this tree be planted?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2014
Best Answer: My tree did not survive the winter so I can't speak to what is best for it. I planted mine in late fall,
it survived the first winter but never emerged from dormancy this spring. But we had a hard
winter with repeated snow. Maybe that killed it.
Reply · Report · Robin B on Jul 30, 2014
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Do you have to worry about deer messing with this type of tree?
Fay M on Jul 7, 2014
Best Answer: No tree is 100% deer proof. Deer will eat anything if food is sparse. However this tree is deer resistant and definitely not the first choice for them.
Reply (1) · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 9, 2014
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What is your warranty policy?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: If a problem is reported within the First 5 days the plant will be replaced.

If a problem is reported within the first 45 days a 50% store credit based off of the original price of the plant towards its replacement of the plant will be offered.

The Optional One Year Warranty protects your plants for an entire year.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 13, 2014
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I ordered the planting mix and the planting kit for my crape myrtle tree. Should I used both the mix and the kit for planting my tree?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2014
Best Answer: It shouldn't be an issue, so use the mix. I received my C-Ms without any mix, so I added a little peat moss and potting soil to the hole as the bed was rather sandy. They've grown strongly on the past year, so I think a mix should be helpful.
Reply · Report · M D on Aug 8, 2014
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Should I plant this tree in the spring if I am in NE PA? Will a full Spring and Summer make it stronger for the winter? Or should I plant it in the fall?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2014
Best Answer: I am no expert....just another customer. As I recall, I planted mine in central Ohio, late summer of 2012. It settled in and grew well through the fall. Came back nicely in the spring. Then came last winter. I was sure I had lost both my crepe myrtles. The white one came out in mid-may or so. This one did not show any sign of life until mid-June. I had started to dig it out sooo many times. It has not fully recovered, but is fully and beautiful, though very short.
Conclusion, August planting worked well for a normal winter. Not sure if that gives you what you need to make a decision. Bottom line, these are hardy plants. Ive learned not to give up on them too soon.
Reply (1) · Report · CAROLYN L on Aug 16, 2014
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Is the picture of 1 tree? It looks like there are about 4 trunks?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: So far, It's one tree. But of course as it grows, it branches outward. It was very scrawny when I bought it, however this year I have lots of beautful blossoms. As it grows, you will proberbly need to keep it trimmed to the width and height that you desire. I Love it.
Reply · Report · Nina P on Aug 13, 2014
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Is the root system on the crepe myrtle invasive?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: Not that I know of. Crepe Myrtles are everywhere in Texas, and I've never heard of them being invasive,
Reply · Report · Jane R on Aug 9, 2014
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I want it to look like the flowers are always as red as you show them on the left of your home page we bought a little tree, and I could have sworn it was the same name. I thought it was red till we were gong down the street, and it then looked like a deep red pink. I want to know it is really a fire looking blossom. Also I need to know if it will have more than one trunk? Is that why it looks so full?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2014
Best Answer: It will have more than one trunk if you prune it that way. I think the color will deepen as the tree ages.
Reply · Report · ken m on Jul 25, 2014
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What zone is NY state in?
Maureen H on Jul 14, 2014
Best Answer: New York falls in zones 3 - 6. Refer to the zone map below to see what zone you're in based on your town.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 16, 2014
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Is end of July in Texas a good time to plant Red Rocket Crape Myrtle?
MIke H on Jul 23, 2014
Best Answer: It's best to plant the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle in the early Spring or early Fall. However if your temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it will be fine to go ahead and plant your tree. Pay attention to the forecast in your area and make sure that temperatures are optimal before planting.
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Do the trees, crape myrtle, attract bees?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: When they bloom, they will attract some bees in the late spring/early summer. My Red Rocket C-Ms don't seem to attract as many as they white C-Ms, but I'll take whatever bees I can get as my trees are near my garden and need the pollination.
Reply · Report · M D on Aug 8, 2014
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Can this tree be pruned to keep it smaller and will it still bloom if pruned?
Jim S on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: I wish I could help you, but my trees are sill very small and have not been large enough to bloom. I would think you could prune them. I am pruning mine as they are sprouting new growth around the base of the trunk and I am working to keep a single main trunk.
Reply · Report · Richard V on Jul 21, 2014
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We had a mature watermelon red, single trunk crepe Myrtle planted in central Florida on 25th of April (Arbor Day), by our local nursery. It looked terrific until about three weeks ago, when it was covered in blooms. All of a sudden it started to look stressed, so we called the man out to look at it, he said they had one at the nursery that was exhibiting similarly, and to water it, and it should recover. It has not, and all the leaves are now brown and crisp, but the trunk when scraped with a finger nail, is a lush and healthy looking green. We did call the man again, but he failed to return our call. Obviously we are very concerned as it was very pricey. What do you think?
Pauline M on Jul 20, 2014
Best Answer: Green is a sign of health and life. Your tree just may be experiencing some transition shock. Giving it extra water for now should definitely help, although be careful not to over water it. If your tree doesn't perk up again by week six let us know.
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how large can i buy one?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2014
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how will a 4-5 foot tree be shipped to my home in western pa?
Thomas L on Aug 24, 2014
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Yes... Your Red Rocket Crape Myrtle can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
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late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.