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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
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.

-t- Planting Mix
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
-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator
-t- Root Rocket™ Launcher
Root Rocket Launcher

Explosive Growth for All of Your Plants

Rocket your lawn and plants to new heights with Root Rocket™ Launcher! All-natural and all-in on healthful benefits, Root Rocket™ is a propriety blend of nutrients that have been horticulturalist-tested and proven to help young plants transition from nursery to soil or a more permanent container. Root Rocket™ Launcher improves on that special mix with a water-soluble twist – so your lawn and garden can now be sprayed with the naturally-crafted solution you love for soil. And this pre-made care package in a handy drawstring bag makes it all the more effortless to keep your plants lush and vibrant, with the following items included: Root Rocket™ Launcher solution Root Rocket™ Launcher spray bottle 50-ft. nylon retractable hose


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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Drought Tolerance:


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

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 4 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 6 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.
September 6, 2014
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 6 years 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
January 1, 2013
over 6 years ago
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 3 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 4 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.
January 1, 2013
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 4 years ago
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love this tree
it actually started blooming before I got it in the ground.I love it
October 18, 2014
houston, TX
over 4 years ago
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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.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I love the color and purchased a Red Rocket a couple of years ago. I pruned it last Fall and it has done great this summer. It is blooming now and I need one more to match the other one.
Brenda W on Aug 4, 2018
I cannot get Dynamite variety of Crape Myrtle to survive winter in Staunton, VA area so it looks like the Red Rocket may be able to survive cold better.
Cory D on Jul 30, 2018
I love the color and purchased a Red Rocket a couple of years ago. I pruned it last Fall and it has done great this summer. It is blooming now and I need one more to match the other one.
Brenda W on Aug 4, 2018
Because my wife likes it :)
Mark S on Aug 3, 2018
I cannot get Dynamite variety of Crape Myrtle to survive winter in Staunton, VA area so it looks like the Red Rocket may be able to survive cold better.
Cory D on Jul 30, 2018
Recommended by a landscaper and the color looks beautiful
Carolyn K on Jul 29, 2018
Color to match the house
greg s on Jul 27, 2018
I love the color!
connie d on Jul 11, 2018
Love the color and the fact that it can be planted in Zone 6.
John C on Jul 10, 2018
Perfect height and width for my location. also looking for interesting specimen plant.
Guy C on Jun 26, 2018
The color
Janice M on Jun 19, 2018
Gorgeous trees, cold hardy for zone 6, rare in this area
SMogren on Jun 17, 2018
color and fast growth
Catherine D on May 31, 2018
small would look lovely in front at beginning of driveway
Stephanie S on May 29, 2018
I love these plants! Ever since our first trip to the Outer Banks, I have wanted one (at least) for my yard.
Abigail M on May 28, 2018
Red color
A C on May 24, 2018
We had bought one of these for a remembrance for a loved one for someone else and it is a gorgeous tree. Wanted to do the same for another friend.
Elaine M on May 21, 2018
the color
patricia o on May 20, 2018
The brilliant color
Philip B on May 17, 2018
Have several of these trees, and lost one replacing for the beautiful flowering.
VIVIENNE D on May 17, 2018
Saw one and it was beautiful.
Jerry C on May 15, 2018
chad m on May 5, 2018
Will be entry TREE to our property - front walk way
Diane Jackson A on Apr 13, 2018
red, taller than other offerings, drought and cold tolerant
timothy r on Mar 31, 2018
Jason H on Mar 29, 2018
I really love the color of this tree! It is totally different from any that I have seen at any nursery.
Sharon H on Dec 27, 2017
The color is absolutely gorgeous & will really stand out
Carol W on Nov 10, 2017
Striking color!
Jin C on Nov 9, 2017
Because my wife loves red and the tree blooms longer than others.
Rodney H on Sep 24, 2017
gorgeous color!
Linda L on Aug 26, 2017
It's not pink
Dennis S on Aug 26, 2017
beautiful tree!
Shirley S on Aug 14, 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
Because my wife likes it :)
Mark S on Aug 3, 2018
Recommended by a landscaper and the color looks beautiful
Carolyn K on Jul 29, 2018
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, they don't grow too tall or spread too much. I would keep it at least 8-10 feet from the house though.
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: I find red rocket is not as red as dynamite but grows a little taller
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.
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.
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.
how does it look in the winter in zone 6 ?
MARK H on Jul 21, 2015
The Red Rocket crape myrtle along with all other varieties goes dormant in the winter. It will have total leaf drop and have seed pods where it bloomed.
Is this a evergreen?
Crystal D on May 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. This is a tree. The leaves are small. In my region, mid-June time frame, growth from the middle toward the ends of the branches looks like red berries. After a couple more weeks, they bloom into fantastic flowers.
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.
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.
Do any crape myrtle have fragrance?
Terry N Susan G on Jun 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine doesn't seem to have any fragrance at all, but it is very decorative when the flowers are out.
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.
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.
Is this tree salt resistant? I would like to plant a row of these along my curb.
Jason P on Aug 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Dunno. Live in the south no salt
Is this tree capable of being a good backyard shade tree?
David C on May 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the amount of shade you want.mine grow about 18 inches a year but honestly I'd pick a tree if shade is what you want. The maples grow quick and produce great shade.
Hi, i live in virginia I wanna know how fast this tree grows if it says moderate growth rate !? Thanks
Shabnam K on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Red Rocket can grow about 5ft per year once established.
Growth Rate in Temecula California?
steve on Dec 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It can grow 5+ feet a year.
I live in southern Minnesota; is it possible to plant a Crape Myrtle outside in a protected area here?
Greta A on Nov 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 6-9. Here is a link that you can look up what growing zone you in.
Will this grow in Sunnyside, Utah? Altitude 7,500
Gladys M on Sep 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you are located in a zone 6 so it should thrive there.
can a red rocket crape myrtle be pruned to maintain a certain height of 10-15 feet?
William C on Jun 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Red Rocket naturally grows to 20-30 feet tall, and you can keep it pruned to half that size., because crepe Myrtles will take a lot of pruning. However we recommend you consider a tree that will naturally grow closer to the size you want! Tonto matures to 8-15 feet, and has huge bloom heads of fuchsia to red (the more sun, the more red in the blooms) and would require little to no pruning to maintain at the size you desire.
Will the Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle grow well on the Central Coast of California, zip 93402? We have mild temperatures but sandy soil, wind and fog.
Barbara L on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You are in a zone 10 and these are recommended for zones 6-9. The Muskogee, Natchez or Pink Velour Crape Myrtle would be more suited for your area.
how large can i buy one?
A shopper on Aug 31, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The largest we carry is 5-6ft.
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.
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.
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.
Can I plant this in a large patio pot?
Jill R on Aug 4, 2018

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