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Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'/Red Rocket Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket' / Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'
Huge panicles of orange-red flowers
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Huge panicles of orange-red flowers

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Canopy in full bloom

Close-up image of the striking flowers

Flowers

Flowers and foliage

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Scientific Name: Lagerstroemia indica 'Red Rocket'
Common Name: Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Crape Myrtles
Comments: A supreme red variety that lights up the landscape. The "Southern Lilac" blooms for 3 to 4 months in the warm part of the year. The autumn color of some can be outstanding. Prune in late winter and remove the spent flower heads immediately after flowering to extend the blooming period. Susceptible to powdery mildew, cercospora leaf spot and crape myrtle aphids.