Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Foliage: Deciduous Bronze-Green
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic) 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Patented
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings From hardwood heel cuttings By air layering
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Aug 19, 2012, cargarden from Goodview, MN wrote:
I seen how beautiful these are & had to have one I am always trying different plants that are not in my area MN weather, I was wondering has anyone kept one in a large pot & brought it in the winter or did it do ok in zone 4 but actually zone 5-6 weather has changed here this year of course will see this winter. Have had good luck on some plants that are not of this zone. Thank you
On Aug 3, 2012, silverfox59 from Davidson, NC wrote:
I planted two of these plants in Sept of 2010. They looked puney until this year. These plants had a set back earlier this year. In late April we had a freeze that killed about everything. The new growth turned black so about a week later I trimmed them back. By early July the foliage had exploded. I use them in front of Japanese red cedar and the contrast is awesome. Hopefully I will be able to find more this fall as I expand a screening on one side of my property.
On Sep 1, 2011, dennyboy34 from Yonkers, NY wrote:
Planted a small one in the fall of '10 in Zone 6. It survived a nasty cold and snowy NY winter with only a few dead branches. This tree does not leaf out until May, well after everything else. This tree grows on its own schedule not in sync with what you would expect in the spring. Looks kind of odd (and even dead) in the yard with everything else in bloom in the spring when it has no leaves. Almost cut it down because of this, but I gave it some more time. It finally leafed out and growed vigorously starting in May. It also flowers late - you have to wait until August. Well worth the wait though. Some flowers open up white, but quickly turn the signature red color.
On Jul 11, 2011, WVTropics from Martinsburg, WV wrote:
This is the second year that I have had this plant in my garden. Martinsburg is in a borderline 6b/7a zone. It is planted in the open yard in full sun. It is slow to leaf out in the spring, but grows vigorously. Flowering occurs later than other crepe myrtles in the area, but the flowers are a gorgeous deep red.
On Jun 8, 2011, RonDEZone7a from Wilmington, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have 4 of these planted around my front lawn and all have done very well. After 5 years in the ground, they are now putting on some size and really look spectacular when in bloom. I am in Delaware (Zone 7a) and have had no problems with mildew or winter damage.
On Sep 25, 2009, drorakp from Fair Lawn, NJ wrote:
I have just received a crape myrtle plant that I had ordered a long time ago. Can anyone please advise if I should plant it now or leave it in a pot and wait until spring? I live in North Bergen County, Zone 6. A few neighbors have beautiful looking myrtles in their yards.
thanks - drora.
Purchased from small local nursery last summer. Deep true red blooms instead of the more pink magenta looking colors I found at Lowe's and Home Depot. I'm anxiously awaiting its first blooms this year!
I bought this standard upright plant at Lowes two years ago. They were taking it off the delivery truck and only one was available .Its flame red caught my eye immediately and I took posession of it , it didnt have a price tag on it. By the time I got to the checkout counter I had numerous people admiring it and two persons wanting to buy it from me. I thought that I would have problems with mildew here in humid south Florida, but I did'nt. I fertilize it with rose fertilizer in april and June and let nature take its course. I remove any lower shoots to keep it a standard and I clip off the flower stem after flowering. What a" looker" it is.
On Feb 4, 2008, shortleaf from suburban K.C., MO (Zone 6a) wrote:
I bought a Crepe Myrtle 'Dynamite' from Lowes, so I thought "what the heck I'll try it", I kept the receipt within reach because I was skeptical that it would make it thru the Winter.
Well, all early and mid Spring I thought, "there it went, time for the refund" but lo and behold around June 15th it started sprouting from the base, I couldn't believe it.
And it put on a show too! For a long time it had many pretty red flowers, I would guess for nearly 3 months it bloomed, until early October if memory serves. I'll post a pic of it Sept 23rd 07' when it was still blooming beautifully. You can see in the pic how much it died back. It used to be a much taller plant where-ever it was grown at. And sorry about the weeds, I'll get them pulled out of there better this year (it even has weed fabric underneath). Here its but a mere small shrub, which is fine its still beautiful. But more northern growers of it like myself have to remember it will never mature very big at all.
On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:
Here in southeastern PA, it is best sited along a south facing wall. Out in the open yard it has died back, but along the south wall it grows to 6-8' each year, then cut back to 4' in spring. Nice red flowers - BUT, if the flowers are opening during cloudy weather, or if planted in too much shade, they can be off-color (some white florets).
On Jun 7, 2006, Cactuseater from Austin, TX wrote:
Does anyone know what the differences are between the Dynamite and Red Rocket varieties? My father in-law really likes the red crepe myrtles, and we're getting them for him on father's day. He's pretty particular, though. Most important to him is probably the color. Is one of these more of a "true red" than the other?
If anyone knows, I'd really appreciatre it. Thanks!
On Jan 13, 2004, Kachinagirl from Modesto, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
Hey Carolmac7, be sure to update us on how it does with humidity. Here in CA humidity is low so I don't have problems with powdery mildew. I bought 2, a multi branch and a standard. My other lagers are 'Indian Tribes' varieties, hybridized for disease and pest resistance. Finally, a red lager that is red-red, not orange-red! And the blooms are large! Now......if the hybridizers would only come out with a dwarf (24"), evergreen, red-leaved, white-flowering plant.............
On Jan 13, 2004, carolmac7 from Lake Charles, LA wrote:
Beautiful red full flowering with dark green foilage...planted 20 down the driveway with great success.
Our only regret is that this one loses its foilage earlier than other varieties.
Projected height 12 to 15 ft. We planted them 12 ft apart.
Very hardy in our area.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Anniston, Alabama Indian Springs Village, Alabama Kibler, Arkansas Chico, California Clovis, California Del Rio, California Fairview, California Fontana, California Fresno, California Lake Nacimiento, California Paradise, California Sacramento, California San Leandro, California Susanville, California Union City, California Arden, Delaware Gainesville, Florida Inverness, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Jupiter, Florida Lake City, Florida Micanopy, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Poinciana, Florida Saint Augustine Shores, Florida Zephyrhills South, Florida Atlanta, Georgia Blackshear, Georgia Cordele, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Patterson, Georgia Aurora, Indiana Vevay, Indiana Barbourville, Kentucky Breaux Bridge, Louisiana Covington, Louisiana Estelle, Louisiana Greenwell Springs, Louisiana Lake Charles, Louisiana Logansport, Louisiana Port Vincent, Louisiana Scott, Louisiana Berwyn Heights, Maryland Kettering, Maryland Independence, Missouri Saint Martins, Missouri St Peters, Missouri Henderson, Nevada Pennsauken, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico La Luz, New Mexico Yonkers, New York Davidson, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Greenville, North Carolina Pinehurst, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Ranlo, North Carolina River Road, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Enid, Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Coatesville, Pennsylvania Lawnton, Pennsylvania Morrisville, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kiawah Island, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Spring City, Tennessee Anderson Mill, Texas Austin, Texas Dickinson, Texas Keller, Texas Kerrville, Texas Lake Worth, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Richmond, Texas San Antonio, Texas (4 reports) Tyler, Texas Whitehouse, Texas Wichita Falls, Texas Sandy, Utah Arlington, Virginia Dutton, Virginia Gainesville, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Martinsburg, West Virginia