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Red Rooster Crape Myrtle
The Red Rooster Crape Myrtle is yet another unique introduction by Dr. Michael A. Dirr that will be a stunning stand out in your landscape. The name alone is a conversation piece! But this selection is way more than just a name. If you love the true-red flowers of the Dynamite Crape Myrtle, but don't have room for a larger tree, Red Rooster is a mid-size crape myrtle that produces an abundance of brilliant, true-red flower clusters that open from red buds against a backdrop of dark green foliage that will have your grandkids rooster-crowing with delight. Get all the details below

Red Rooster Crape Myrtle

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Red Rooster Crape Myrtle
Lagerstroemia hybrid  'PIILAG III' PP#23,178

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6b, where this Crape Myrtle is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

The Red Rooster Crape Myrtle is yet another unique introduction by Dr. Michael A. Dirr that will be a stunning stand out in your landscape. The name alone is a conversation piece! But this selection is way more than just a name. If you love the true-red flowers of the Dynamite Crape Myrtle, but don't have room for a larger tree, Red Rooster is a mid-size crape myrtle that produces an abundance of brilliant, true-red flower clusters that open from red buds against a backdrop of dark green foliage that will have your grandkids rooster-crowing with delight. This one is both leaf spot and powdery mildew resistant. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 8 to 10 feet tall depending on pruning, and 5 to 6 feet wide makes Red Rooster Crape Myrtle an ideal selection for smaller garden spaces, and containers. It can be grown as a shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive small tree, making it an excellent choice for use as a specimen or accent in sunny home foundation plantings or landscape borders. Also makes a very colorful hedge and is spectacular in groupings. Whether planted as a specimen or in groupings, this is one plant that is sure to stand out in the landscape!

Spacing:  5 feet or more for solid hedge; 8 feet for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

The Red Rooster Crape Myrtle is very easy to grow. It is not picky about soil type provided the soil is well-drained. Full sun is preferred and results in heavier flower production. Light shade is tolerated but flowering will be diminished in more shade. Has shown excellent resistance to powdery mildew. Deadheading spent flowers encourages rebloom into fall. 




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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone >  
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  5' for solid hedge; 8' + for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Upright
Flower Color:  True-Red
Flower Size:  Large clusters
Flowering Period:  Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  NA
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought (when established), Heat, Humidity, Mildew




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