Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle Shrub

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Bright true-red crinkly flower clusters smother the Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV') all summer long! Pollinator-friendly blooms keep popping until autumn, and grow fast in the sun landscape for appeal throughout the growing season and beyond!

A successful stable red flowering selection, Red Rocket® has dark green leaves that emerge crimson-red and in the fall have great orange and red fall color. Peeling bark on older stems of this single-stemmed form is an interesting attribute for winter interest!

Highly drought-tolerant once established and developed to be mildew resistant, Red Rocket® Crape Myrtles grow 18-20 feet in height and spread 12-18 feet wide. With low branching to the ground, these shrubs are great screening, but you can 'limbing-up' by pruning into a single trunk or shrub form specimen!

Planting and Application:

Red Rocket® Crape Myrtles are incredibly bold red focal points in either their tree or shrub form! The fantastic color shines for weeks and attracts loads of butterflies and attention. Plant anywhere you want to turn heads and distract from eye sores. Block the messy neighbor's yard, or the HVAC unit while softening the corner of your home, or block the view of your front yard from the street while boosting curb appeal.

Allow the lower branches to grow to the ground for a perfect privacy screen. Red Rocket® is a truly unique hedge plant or backdrop so the season-long color highlights everything else planted before it! It makes a terrific naturally shaped flowering screen along the pool deck, or adding privacy around a patio.

Use red Crape Myrtles as a vibrant living fence or outdoor garden room. This sun lover can take hard pruning to keep it shorter! Try it along the length of your property line, or plant it along driveways or fences. How nice to boost the height of your hardscaped fence and gift your family a very welcome feeling of respite from prying eyes!

  • Incredible No-Fade Red Flower Clusters
  • Glossy Green Leaves Emerge Crimson Red
  • Vibrant Orange Red Fall Color
  • Peeling Colorful Bark
  • Long-Lasting Pollinator-Friendly Blooms
  • Large Shrub or Small Tree, Grow in Containers, Hedges & Screens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Crape Myrtles are very adaptable and are easy to grow in full sun with the drying power of the morning sun. However, you'll be delighted to know this specimen is mildew resistant, so it may not experience the troubles other Crape Myrtles do. Crapes thrive in many soil types and climate conditions. Once established, these are drought-tolerant! In early spring, prune back or trim to shape as desired.

  • Full Sun & Good Air Circulation
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Moisture - Low Once Established
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Improved Powdery Mildew Resistance

Fast growing and shooting to the sky, the Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle is a fantastic single-stemmed variety of flowering shrub. Get no-fade color at Nature Hills Nursery today!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what you're getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which we're currently offering below.

Single Stem:

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 3, 4, and sometimes 5 or more stems planted together in the ground close to form a clump. There are times multi-stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem.

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Red Rocket® Crape Myrtle Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7 - 9
Growing Zones 7 - 9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Lagerstroemia indica 'Whit IV'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 18 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Bold Red
Fall Color Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No