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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.

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'
Growing Zones 6-9
This plant is 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.

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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Update to previous review
As an update to my Dec. 31, 2012 review under the name of "South", my 3 trees did not completely survive last years winter (which wasn't typical of south central Illinois - and we had even placed extra mulch around the trees in the fall as extra protection). No new growth appeared on the branches by springtime this year. One trunk was so dry that it broke off in a storm. However, by summer, new sprouts were growing around the original tree trunks (all 3 trunks and branches were dead and had to be cut down). I'm a little disappointed because now instead of having 3 trees, we have 3 bushes, and with the growth now present, I don't think I will be able to train any of the new branches to grow as a tree. They do look healthy though, but with such late growth this year, we did not see any blooms like last summer. Not a complete loss, but I'm afraid we won't have the trees I had envisioned.
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October 27, 2014
2 years ago
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
red rocket crepe myrtle
I received the red rocket crepe myrtle in late June 2014. It arrived in excellent condition and was very healthy. I planted it immediately and within 3 weeks it was blooming. I live in Rochester, N.Y. in an area that is allocated as Zone 6. I plan on mulching it heavily this fall and will give it winter protection. I am hoping that it will survive our winter here since it is suppose to be able to live in Zone 6. I will write another review in the Spring of 2015 letting anyone who is interested know if it survived the winter and in what condition it is in.
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September 23, 2014
9 months ago
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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
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
Beautiful blooms!
This is a great flowering crape myrtle and the blooms last a really long time once they start coming. Because I live in the Northeast, my plants were slow to green up and I thought they had died. We had a wickedly cold winter. One of them did die so I ordered two more. I put them in pots and plan to bring them inside during the cold and ice of the winter here. I may plant them outside in the spring if they survive the move indoors this winter. I love them and will keep trying to find ways to keep them living.
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September 16, 2014
Peekskill, NY, US
9 months ago
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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
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love this tree
it actually started blooming before I got it in the ground.I love it
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October 18, 2014
houston, TX, US
8 months ago
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First purchase
My Red Rocket crape myrtle arrrived in excellent shape by Fed Ex. This was my first online shrub purchase and I'm very pleased.
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October 21, 2014
8 months 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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Is the picture of 1 tree? It looks like there are about 4 trunks?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, one tree with 3 to 4 trunks. Very beautiful buds!
Reply · Report · Mary S on Aug 12, 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: This is true, at least in Southern NJ at our farm. We have a 6' myrtle, MANY deer, LOTS of green pasture, and deer are NO problem for the crape myrtle!!
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If this tree is a Christmas present, will the root ball stay healthy enough to be planted in early spring (in zone 6)? or should I wait to purchase?
Alicia K on Nov 20, 2014
Best Answer: In a zone 6 I would wait until early spring. You can always order now and we will hold off on shipment.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 16, 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.

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Live in Zone 5, couple hundred miles north of Kansas City. Will the trees even have a chance to live in NE? Even if I add extra mulch to protect them. Will be planted on the south side of the house if that matters.
Scott P on Jan 25, 2015
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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.
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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 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.
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Can I plant this tree in late autumn in Austin, Texas? Or wait until spring?
Jesse R on Oct 26, 2014
Best Answer: I live in Copperas Cove/Ft. Hood area and bought 6 Crepe Myrtles....4 Red Rocket, 1 Twilight and 1 Pink Velour and just planted mine in the last 2 weeks. They are doing AWESOME! The Twilight has grown 6 inches, the Red Rockets have grown between 2-4 inches and the Pink Velour...about 3 inches growth. If you plant now just be sure to put some mulch around them. Hope this helps!!
Reply · Report · Cathie B. on Nov 11, 2014
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Will this crepe myrtle tree do well planted in a lawn in 94087 zip zone?
A shopper on Sep 26, 2014
Best Answer: It should be good as is in the right area, so should do well. I live in NC Arkansas and grow very well hear and your weather is better than ours
Reply · Report · Frank F on Sep 26, 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.
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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: Wish I could be of help but we lost both trees due to the horrible winter we had up here in Michigan. Fast-Growing were wonderful in replacing both our trees. One is blooming now just waiting for the other.
Reply · Report · Elizabeth T on Jul 21, 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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how large can i buy one?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: The largest we carry is 5-6ft.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 16, 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
Best Answer: We ship FedEx Ground.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 16, 2014
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Which crape myrtle would be best on a NYC rooftop, or should I plant roses instead? If roses, I'd like a climbing rose. Any recommendations? Thank you!
Craig K on Aug 18, 2014
Best Answer: I'd recommend potted rose trees, which you can bring indoors for the winter.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Dec 23, 2014
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whats the difference between red rocket and dynamite crapemyrtle tree?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2014
Best Answer: The Red Rocket is more cold hardy than the Dynamite.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Dec 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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Aug 6, 2014
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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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I planted this tree about 6 months ago (Sept.) and am wondering if there is any fertilizer I should apply at this time (early March)? I live in central Virginia (zone 7).
Jeff L on Feb 26, 2015
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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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