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Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’


Crape Myrtle ‘Red Rocket’

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyLythraceaeLoosestrife family, also Includes henna, pomegranates, crape myrtles, others
GenusLagerstroemiaCrape myrtles, named for Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström
SpeciesindicaOf or from or referring in some way to India
Cultivar‘Red Rocket’

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Crape myrtle is a native of China, Korea, Japan, and India, widely cultivated as a dramatic landscape planting in suit­able climates throughout the world.

Identification: These plants blur the distinction between tree and shrub, at 10-30' (3-9.1 m) in height, with multiple, spreading stems. Some cultivars are much smaller, as small as 18" (45 cm). Bark is smooth, mottled, and pinkish-gray, peeling to reveal cinnamon-colored new bark. It sheds each year. Leaves are pinnate, 1-2½" (2.5-7.1 cm) long, opposite or whorled, and elliptic, oblong, or obovate. They are dark green, turning yellow, orange, or red in the fall. Flowers occur in large, attractive panicles. This cultivar is red; others are white, pink, mauve or purple. Flowers appear from July to September. Fruits are brown, oval or round, and less than ½" (1.3 cm) around.

Online References:

Lagerstroemia indica at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site (PDF)

Lagerstroemia indica on floridata.com

Lagerstroemia indica on Wikipedia

Lagerstroemia indica on plants.ces.ncsu.edu

Lagerstroemia indica at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle ‘Red Rocket’)

(Not certain this is the right cultivar.) · 7/2/2010 · Indigo Landing, Alexandria, VA
≈ 22 × 15" (56 × 37 cm)

Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle ‘Red Rocket’)

(Not certain this is the right cultivar.) · 7/2/2010 · Indigo Landing, Alexandria, VA
≈ 6 × 3½" (14 × 9.3 cm)

Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Rocket’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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