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Red Rocket Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'

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Red Rocket Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' flowers

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' flowers

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Red Rocket Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' in bloom

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Description:

This stunning ornamental shrub or small tree produces long lasting cherry red blooms in summer, reblooming in fall; stunning orange fall foliage; a captivating focal point for the garden or border; also good for container planting

Ornamental Features

Red Rocket Crapemyrtle is clothed in stunning panicles of cherry red frilly flowers at the ends of the branches from early summer to early fall. It has attractive dark green foliage which emerges red in spring. The oval leaves are highly ornamental and turn orange in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Red Rocket Crapemyrtle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Red Rocket Crapemyrtle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Rocket Crapemyrtle will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Red Rocket Crapemyrtle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features