Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle Tree

Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle Tree

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  • Showy red flowers

  • Repeat bloomer

  • Low maintenance

  • Fast growing

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  • Family owned farm since 1980
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Red Blooms that Shoot Up Like Rockets During the Summer Months!

The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle tree is a delightfully small tree that suits every landscape and every season. With clusters of ruby red crepe papery flowers that nearly cover the fast growing tree in early spring and all summer long. More blooms plus dark green foliage turns rich bronze red in the fall for great cool-season interest!

The showy flowers with cherry red blooms contrast nicely with the green foliage from July to September. The trunk of this crape myrtle is multi-stemmed so it appears as a tall shrub for the first few years of its life. The red rocket shrub is an excellent choice if you are looking for a small flowering tree for your yard.

This attractive crape myrtle tree red rocket is also disease-resistant and easy to maintain, making it the perfect addition to your landscape. Crape myrtles were brought from China into Charleston, South Carolina in 1790, and this particular one was developed and patented by Dr. Carl Whitcomb along with many other crape myrtle trees.

Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Growth Rate

The Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle grows up to five or more feet a year, offering a fast growth rate and it is one of the fastest-growing crape myrtles. It is named so because the trunks shoot up like a rocket. It will eventually reach a mature height of up to 20-30 feet tall and 10 – 15 feet wide.

Prune your crape myrtle to maintain desired size and shape. Cut back dead branches in late winter or early spring. A slow release fertilizer will help produce those gorgeous red flowers year after year.

Crape Myrtle Red Rocket Care

Thriving best in any well-drained soil, the Red Rocket plant asks only for proper drainage and frequent watering during dry periods. It is drought tolerant once established. Plant this lagerstroemia indica in full sun. Plus, they’re deer resistant!

The red flowering tree grows across the United States in USDA growing zones 6-9. It is slightly cold hardy in the southern states. Water thoroughly the first year of planting to establish a strong root system.

Shop the Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle tree for sale. It is very easy to grow and can act as a focal point in your landscape.

Check out our Crape Myrtle Grow Guide for more information on planting and growing crape myrtles!

Shipping information

Once your Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

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Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.



Red Rocket® Crape Myrtles can tolerate minimal shade, but flowering and growth will be most ideal in full sun. They grow well in most average, well-drained soil types and are quite drought tolerant but should be watered regularly during their first year until established.

Blooms develop on new growth; so spent blooms should be trimmed to allow a second or even third blooming, depending on the length of the season in your zone. Suckers, or branch growth that develops at the base of the tree should be removed. Heavier pruning of the branches themselves should be avoided until the tree is 3 or more years old unless branches are crossing one another or growing toward structures. In which cases, they should be removed at their base.

Click here for our more extensive Crape Myrtle Grow Guide


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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Botanical Name
Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'

Full Sun

Flower Color

Foliage Color
Green, orange, red

Mature Width
10-15 ft

Mature Height
20-30 ft

Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9

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BEAUTIFUL tree! Came healthy and well packaged. I've had it now for 2 or more months and the leaves look so healthy and shiny it almost looks fake (?). Bright cherry red and abundant blooms! I couldn't be happier, from North Central Florida, zone 8b/9a.

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