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Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'

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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

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


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 6 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
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 5 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
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 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.
January 1, 2013
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
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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

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Why did you choose this? Store
Will be entry TREE to our property - front walk way
Diane Jackson A on Apr 13, 2018
Jason H on Mar 29, 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
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
red, taller than other offerings, drought and cold tolerant
timothy r on Mar 31, 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
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.

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