S & J Nursery’s Guide to Growing
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
in the Northeast Florida Landscape
( Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket)
Crape Myrtle Red Rocket Preferred Exposure:
– Full sun is needed for Red Rocket Crape Myrtles to grow and bloom properly in the
North Florida | Jacksonville | St. Augustine area landscape.
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Foliage | Bark:
– Dark green deciduous foliage of the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle turns bronze red in the fall before falling off the tree for winter.
– Bark of the Red Rocket Crape Myrtle is a beautiful tan color and smooth textured. Very pretty.
Red Rocket Crepe Myrtle Soil Preference / Salt Tolerance:
– Red Rocket Crape Myrtles do well in most soils providing they are well
– Crape Myrtle Trees are not known to be salt tolerant and should not be
planted in coastal landscapes or gardens where irrigated with water with high salinity levels.
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Size Variance:
– Red Rocket Crape Myrtle is a medium sized selection and will only grow up to 15-20 feet high and wide.
– Use Red Rocket Crape Myrtles where you have limited space that a larger species would not be well suited to or you would have to trim back all of the time to keep it in scale you can still allow this variety to grow to its full potential without all the fuss.
Crape Myrtle Red Rocket Growth Habit:
– Upright rounded growth habit of a Red Rocket Crape Myrtle forms a nice full canopy of foliage.
Crape Myrtle Red Rocket Growth Rate:
– Red Rocket is considered a moderate growing Crepe Myrtle. Crepe Myrtles
growth rate is normally directly related to their mature growth size, 30 ft tall Muskogee Crape Myrtles will grow very quickly but Catawba that has a mature height of only 12 ft is much slower growing.
Red Rocket Crape Myrtle Bloom:
– Red Rocket Crape Myrtle blooms are without question the best of the best when your on the market for a true red color. The bright red color is a rich deep hue that is very eye catching and makes a dramatic landscape statement when in bloom. One of my personal favorite selections, very pretty.
Crape Myrtle Red Rocket Water Requirements:
– Crepe Myrtles trees are drought tolerant after they are established in the
landscape but will need to be watered well after planting for two weeks to three months in the establishment period depending on the size of the tree being planted and during prolonged periods of drought after established
in the landscape.
Butterfly or Bird Attracting:
Best Uses For Crape Myrtles:
– Few trees make quite the statement in the landscape that a Crepe Myrtle can. They bloom for months with little care on our part to keep them looking spectacular. Its little wonder they hold such a place in our hearts and in our gardens.
– Plant them alone as a specimen accent or in groups for added dramatic flare. With so many varieties, colors and sizes to choose from, no southern garden should be without at least one!
– Crape Myrtles are the perfect touch of color when inter planted in hedge rows for privacy screens or property borders.
– Low maintenance and drought tolerant once established, Crape Myrtles make excellent commercial plantings for parking lots and street trees.
Care of Crape Myrtles:
– Water every day during the establishment period. See watering your newly planted trees for more information.
-They will need good water during the establishment period and supplemental irrigation during dry spells or particularly hot dry summers.
– All Crape Myrtles bloom on new wood and should be pruned in winter or early spring for best bloom.
– Take care to remove basal suckers and small twiggy growth each year on larger specimens and remove crossing or touching branch growth as well as branches growing towards the center rather than the more desirable growth that grows out and away from other branches.
– During the summer growth season you can choose to trim old blooms and your Crape Myrtle will put out a second lighter and slightly smaller bloom to replace it and prolong your bloom season.
– Provide a 1 ft diameter circle of mulched area where grass is kept from growing for each inch of caliper (or diameter) of trunk measured 4 inches from the ground level.
– Fertilize each spring with a heaping shovel of compost or a mixture of Milorganite and a slow release poly coated plant food such as Osmocote or Stay Green general purpose plant food, sprinkling the fertilizer around the mulch circle underneath the foliage of the tree.