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AZALEA - DECIDUOUS
A botanical section within the genus Rhododendron.
They have smaller, thinner leaves than evergreen rhododendrons and are generally medium-sized shrubs with smaller flowers that usually have 5 stamens whereas rhododendrons have 10.
Further divided into subgroups they commonly bear a profusion of small to large trusses of funnel-shaped flowers, some pleasantly scented. Most provide foliage colour in reds, oranges and yellows before leaf-fall and they can be pruned to keep them in check.
Contains R. luteum, still known by the old name Azalea ponticum, possibly the most wonderfully scented of all but invasive and should be confined within the garden boundary.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Partial shadeWill tolerate more open conditions if sheltered from cold, dry winds.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowAlthough prone to many pests/diseases, generally trouble free when grown well. Within the Rhododendron family. Shallow planting is essential as all are surface rooting. Mulch annually with leaf mould.Pests & DiseasesVine weevil, rhododendron and azalea whiteflies, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale insects, caterpillars, aphids, powdery mildew, bud blast, honey fungus, rust, leaf gall, petal blight, silver leaf, phytophthora root rot, lime-induced chlorosis (if soil is not sufficiently acid).Place of originMainly hybrids with complex origins in Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America, particularly south western China, Tibet, Burma, northern India, New Guinea.
Soil ConditionsAcid / ericaceous lovingPH 4.5-5.5 is the ideal.Fertile moist well-drained soilLeafy, humus-rich.
Buy Varieties of AZALEA - DECIDUOUS
compact habit, orange-yellow flowers
pink with golden yellow blotch
pale pink with yellow streaks. Richly scented
double pale yellow flowers flushed pink
salmon-pink with yellow flare
bright orange fragrant flowers
buds of rich crimson opening to soft pink hose-in-hose flowers. Scented. Good autumn colour
white, yellow flare and fragrant
fragrant, pale yellowish-white flushed pink with a yellow blotch
red buds open to bright orange flowers
masses of very fragrant small white flowers. Blue-green leaves
reddish-orange with orange-yellow veins