Red Rocket Crape Myrtle
The Red Rocket Crape Myrtle tree, also known as Lagerstroemia indica, is a beautiful tree that is disease resistant and very easy to grow. The tree is thought to have originated in the south pacific; it was classified by Linnaeus at Kew Gardens in 1579.
This plant can grow up to 20-30 feet tall and has a width of only 10-15 feet once fully matured. The low width makes it an ideal choice for limited areas. The primary benefit of this tree is it's beauty and vibrant coloring that lasts throughout most of the year; this tree is also very low maintenance and can grow in a several soil types. If you're for a small tree that looks beautiful in every season, this tree is a fantastic choice.
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The look of this tree is stunning in nearly all seasons. This tree is a heavy bloomer; it's blooming season is extremely long compared to most trees. Throughout the year this tree blooms from deep orange to red to a medium green. Every spring this tree blossoms with beautiful red foliage that covers the end of each branch. In summer you will get beautiful red blossoms and it even blooms a deep orange in early fall.
This tree can grow very well in hardy zones 6-9, making it capable of growing in fairly diverse conditions. The only requirement is that the plant is located in an area that receives full sun. The soil requirements are very simple, either normal or loamy soil will work perfectly. Although this tree can grow quickly and beautifully with very little maintenance, as with any tree or plant, the healthier the soil is the better the plant will bloom, so be certain to use good soil around the tree for best results.
Once the plant has established itself in the soil, it only needs occasional watering. However, in high rain areas watering is unnecessary. The growth rate of this plant is moderate so it will take some time to fully mature.
Caring for The Tree
For the first growing season it's ideal to establish a stable watering system in order to ensure the plant grows properly in it's most vital stage. Prior to spring it's suggested to fertilize the tree prior to spring growth for best results. For the best results be sure to occasionally trim the trees overgrowth. This tree can truly be a great addition to any landscape.
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