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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'


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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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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Planting Mix

Helps your Red Rocket 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™ 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: 6-9
(hardy down to 0℉)

Growing Zones 6-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

20-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-20 ft.


Full Sun


15 ft

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Botanical Name:

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'

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The Fastest Growing Crape Myrtle

- 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.

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Customer Reviews

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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.
September 23, 2014
over 3 years ago
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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?
January 1, 2013
over 5 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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Growing Zone:
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.
September 6, 2014
over 4 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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.
October 21, 2014
over 3 years ago
love this tree
it actually started blooming before I got it in the ground.I love it
October 18, 2014
houston, TX
over 3 years ago
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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.
September 16, 2014
Peekskill, NY
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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.
January 1, 2013
I both Red Rocket 2 month ago .I planted tree soon as its arrive! And its not growing! All leaves turn red ,get dark spots and falling ! I dont know what to do? Pay so much and i think its going to die !
June 4, 2015
over 2 years ago

Planting & Care

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

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Planting Diretions 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.

Questions & Answers

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Searching for this color, found on your web
Shirley B on Jul 9, 2017
Only crape myrtle that grows in my zone
Patricia G on Jun 3, 2017
Searching for this color, found on your web
Shirley B on Jul 9, 2017
I liked the fast growing and easy care and the tree is beautiful.
Pat B on Jul 2, 2017
Only crape myrtle that grows in my zone
Patricia G on Jun 3, 2017
I wanted a tree that would bloom all summer and loved the red color of the blooms. I also like I can get a 3 - 4 foot tree.
Karen M A on Jun 2, 2017
Fast growing, hardy in my zone.
Janice L on May 31, 2017
Beautiful tree with long blooming season!
Lennah T on May 25, 2017
My friend has one and I love it!
Kimberly M on May 23, 2017
fast growing hardy!
valerie s on Apr 27, 2017
Long lasting flower
Daniel K on Apr 22, 2017
Tall, red blooms and relatively fast growing.
Angie B on Apr 16, 2017
The description given helped tremendously in choosing this lovely plant for my zone. The Red Rockets will be a beauty in adding curb appeal to my building.
Lurnie C on Apr 9, 2017
jeffery b on Apr 3, 2017
100 days of blooms! I like to plant things that offer a lot of color beyond spring.
Tracy J on Apr 2, 2017
to plant up at the gate near the street for some privacy.
N Jayne N on Mar 25, 2017
Will grow in our area of Ohio.
Julie T on Mar 5, 2017
Fast growing tree, that adds splash of color.
Yuliya M on Feb 12, 2017
Jean R on Feb 7, 2017
Convenient, Would have to drive outside my immediate location to purchase elsewhere
Lawrence G on Feb 2, 2017
beautiful color
Jamelle H on Sep 25, 2016
My nephie purchased 4 of the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle trees last year, they are growing and blooming so beautiful.I had to order them too. His neighbor told me that because they are still young he wraps them for the winter, so at night with the moon and all, they look creepy, which she thinks it's funny. :)
Alicia M on Sep 20, 2016
Good price
John W on Sep 15, 2016
The red rocket crape myrtle is a beautiful tree. The red flowers will be last a few months. Its mature height is 20 to 30 ft while width is 15 ft. I can use these trees to shade my deck.
Fang Y on Sep 14, 2016
love the flower and the color
mary h on Sep 14, 2016
Same as above
KIRKOR U on Sep 13, 2016
I was supposed to recieved 5% off with this code didn't happen. K2Q8JC.
French C M on Sep 5, 2016
The color really got my eye and it has a really nice shape
Debra N on Sep 4, 2016
the zone and the flowering nature of the tree.
Michael S on Aug 30, 2016
Because blooms last a long time and the color will go with my area.
Alexander S on Aug 25, 2016
Love the color and the length of growing and flowering season with little maintenance.
Rosemary W on Aug 20, 2016
I chose this because of the promised height and width. I will be using them to fill in some spaces along my back fence for added privacy.
LaVonne P on Aug 16, 2016
The bright coral color, hardiness of the tree, privacy screen.
Trish A on Aug 14, 2016
I chose the Rocket Crape for a shade tree to evntually cover the sun porch, the easy care, and the color
Karen S on Aug 13, 2016
beautiful color
JACQUELINE F on Aug 9, 2016
I saw it in a neighborhood and I very like it
JUDITA K on Aug 1, 2016
love the color
Julie R on Aug 1, 2016
I love the color
Deborah P on Jul 29, 2016
I thought I would try this tree as we live in Florida and trees take a beating in this climate.
Becki R on Jul 8, 2016
Tall and fast grow, care free and colorful. That's I am looking for and got with this.
jim w on Jun 23, 2016
This is a good focal point at the back yard, and once again the color pops once they start blooming and I am adding some smaller plants around to compliment it.
Irene K on Jun 20, 2016
I wanted a tree that blooms most of the summer! I have seen the crape myrtle trees before and fell in love with them! Red is my favorite color, so thats why I choose the Red Rocket! They arrived last week and they were more beautiful then I could have hope for! Your plants looked like plants and not like a stick that you get from other places!
Dee A on Jun 15, 2016
Loved the guarantee that comes withe tree I have been trying to grow this tre for years this is the first time my trees look robust and healthy
Jean T on Jun 11, 2016
For color and the nice size.. I live in the south and these will be in front of our office.
Jim S on Apr 20, 2016
don't recall purchasing this
Doris K on Apr 18, 2016
I like trees that have some floral basis to them and I am looking for something fast growing.
Ann B on Mar 31, 2016
Nice color
Sandra S on Mar 15, 2016
I have purchase an array of colors and I wanted a luxurious red to add to that color scheme. I am so excited for them to arrive!
Angela J on Feb 23, 2016
I love bright colors tress against the dark green grass.
pamela j on Feb 13, 2016
I liked the fast growing and easy care and the tree is beautiful.
Pat B on Jul 2, 2017
I wanted a tree that would bloom all summer and loved the red color of the blooms. I also like I can get a 3 - 4 foot tree.
Karen M A on Jun 2, 2017
What is the root system like? How deep and/or far out do the roots spread? We have underground utilities and drainage pipes that I'm concerned about in the area I'd like to plant these.
Val D on Apr 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Crepe Myrtles are small trees, and their root systems are correspondingly small. If you keep your Crepe Myrtle at least 10 feet from your underground lines, you should be fine.
Can these be planted close to the house?
Nancy C on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, with the canopy I would plant it about 8 ft from the house.
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.
Is the picture of 1 tree? It looks like there are about 4 trunks?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: A common characteristic of Crape Myrtle Trees is for them to have multiple trunks.
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.
How long will it take to bloom, if planted within 1 month from now?
(unknown) ( on Jun 25, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It should bloom a little bit. You will get a lot more blooms the following year because it will be more established. The Red Rocket blooms from July-September.
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: I would wait until spring. They are not shipped with a root ball and need to be planted within 24 hours of receiving it. They come with the roots exposed and packed in a cool gel that keeps the roots moist until you get it in the ground. Hope that helps.
I bought and planted my red rocket 2 years ago. its barely growing and not flowers yet?? I live in zone 9 .HELP!!!!! it gets full sun!
Louis P on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There could be a number of reason.
Lack of sun. They need 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sunshine each day.
Drought. If it has been extremely dry Crape myrtles may have gone dormant. With irrigation, or rainfall, they may bloom a little later in the season than usual.
Nitrogen fertilizer can cause crape myrtles to produce lots of leaves, but not many blooms. This can lawn gets frequent feedings. Reduce the amount of nitrogen during the growing season, and feed your crape myrtles in spring with a balanced, slow-release organic fertilizer.
Late Pruning. W hen pruning your Crepe Myrtle you should be careful not to heavily prune the tree. Thin out young trees to 3-4 main branches. After blooming in spring, clip the tips of the branches. Make the cut just above the point where a pair of leaves attaches to the stem.
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.
How deep and how wide is the root ball so I can dig the hole in advance?
Jean S on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A 2' x 2' hole would be sufficient.
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
BEST ANSWER: Crepe Myrtle are fertilized with high nitrogen fertilizers.
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: Yes ! use both the kit comes with an item that will hold moisture ! They sort of look like tiny clear jelly beans.
That will help alot at first especially if you have some dry weather.
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.

Will they grow as a tree or shrub in zone 6?
Sharon M on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Sharon. I do not know the answer to that question, I afraid, since I am in zone 10 Southern CA and struggling with mine. I see from the reviews that someone reports outstanding performance in Zone 6, and another person reports it's impossible to grow there! I am having trouble with mine but seems all the neighbors are not in Zone 10. Not sure if it's a care or quality of plan that makes the difference. I'm beginning to wonder if it's the plant genetics. some are winners and some are not???
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.
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,
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.
Will Crape Myrtles grow in the Desert in CA? Summer's get hot like 110-115 in July & Aug. if so, what type of tree?
Pat L on Aug 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Are these trees prone to mildew? This is an ongoing problem with dogwoods and nine barks in our yard even though we spray to prevent it.
Susie H on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We haven't had any problems with mildew thus far and we are in zone 6.
I live in Zone 6. Can I plant now or in fall or should I wait until Spring?
Lesa S on Jul 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I too live in a zone 6 climate and I planted mine in spring (March to be exact) and it was growing and flowering like crazy by early June. I think spring is better because it gives the roots a chance to grow all through the summer in preparation for the colder months, just my opinion though.
Is the Red Rocket crape myrtle susceptible to any diseases? Please detail -- thanks!!!+
David C on Jul 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am growing mine in central ohio. I have had no issues with disease, but the past 2 very hard winters have been tough for this plant. I planted it in late summer 13 and Spring of 14 thot it was a goner. Mid June it leafed out and did well. This Spring it was not so slow to leaf out, but as I said, 2 hard winters. If diseases were likely it should have been vulnerable. It is beautiful and I am hopeful that it continues its rugged tenacity. Poor answer, but all I can share....
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.

Do any crape myrtle have fragrance?
Terry N Susan G on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: very little
Will this tree grow in zone 10, Miami Florida?'
P L on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The recommended growing zones are 6-9, unfortunately I would not plant in a zone 10.
how can I keep the trunk from separating?
ERFelton on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I never did. I just let it grow the way it wanted to. It looks like a big bush.
what is the best time to plant?
carlo g on Oct 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In the fall or winter when the plant is dormant.

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