Heavy red bloom set of Red Rocket Lagerstroemia
photo of Dr. Carl Whitcomb

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Dr. Carl Whitcomb
Stillwater, OK



Lagerstroemia indica

'Whit IV'

USPP 11,342

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Heavy red bloom set of Red Rocket Lagerstroemia
  • Vibrant color
  • Disease resistant
  • Heat tolerant

Like Dynamite®, Red Rocket® crapemyrtle produces cherry red flowers in hot sunny conditions. New growth is crimson, then dark green. Upright form. High mildew and anthractnose resistance. Huge flower clusters up to 24" tall. May repeat bloom more than Dynamite® crapemyrtle does.

USDA Zone 7 - 10 (0°F/-17°C)

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Exposure Full sun

Height 10 - 15'

Width 10 - 15'

Finish Time 1 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Red

Foliage Color Green

Liner Sizes 2 1/4", 4"

Soil Moist, well drained soils are best, but crapemyrtle is widely adaptable, including to compacted urban soils.

Pruning Blooms on new wood. Pruning depends on the plant's role in the landscape, however, these large, tree-like crapemyrtles are best pruned only to develop an appealing form. Regular pruning or cutting back should generally be avoided.

Uses Specimen plant; hedging; foundation plantings.

Growing Tips Boasts handsome bark and excellent fall color in addition to flowers. Can be grown multi- or single stemmed.