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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (RED ROCKET™)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit Iv' (RED ROCKET™) PP11342

James Burghardt

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Whit IV'(RED ROCKET™) PP11342

Plant Common Name

Crapemyrtle, Red Rocket™ Crapemyrtle

General Description

Talk about a festival of red! Red Rocket™ crapemyrtle is a heat-loving, small tree with an attractive upright habit with few horizontal branches. This eastern Asian native has glossy leaves that are dark red when they first emerge. These slowly change to dark green by late spring and turn shades of orange and red in the fall. In summer, large clusters of red buds appear and open to show off many crinkly, bright red flowers. Mature plants have pretty exfoliating bark.

Crapemyrtle is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils, preferably slightly acidic, and grows best in hot sunny locations. Red Rocket™ is highly resistant to powdery mildew and will flower much better if not annually tip pruned during winter dormancy. Plant it as a small focal tree in a sunny border or garden or as a flowering vertical accent in foundation beds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    China, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Orange, Bronze, Orange Red

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No