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Red RocketĀ® Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'

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la-ger-STROY-mee-a IN-dih-kuh
Description

Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle is a flowering shrub cultivar with brilliant cherry-red flowers and improved disease and pest resistance.  It does best in a hot, sunny location. The foliage emerges crimson in the springtime and matures to dark green.  The orange and red fall colors finish out the season in a showy display.  

Pruning should be completed in winter or early spring, as this plant blooms on new wood.  

A layer of organic mulch will help keep the plant retain moisture.

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  No notable issues.

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#deciduous#fall color#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#red flowers#mass planting#flowering tree#year-round interest#showy bark#summer flowers#deer resistant#long bloom time#urban conditions tolerant#clay soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#specimen#red flowers#mass planting#flowering tree#year-round interest#showy bark#summer flowers#deer resistant#long bloom time#urban conditions tolerant#clay soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lagerstroemia
    Species:
    indica
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Buffer
    Colorful
    Screening
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Large clusters of cherry-red flowers at the tips of the branches. May rebloom.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Red/Burgundy
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves emerge crimson and mature to dark green. Orange and red fall color.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Diseases
    Insect Pests
    Urban Conditions