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AZALEA - EVERGREEN
A botanical section within the genus Rhododendron.
Further divided into subgroups they commonly bear a profusion of small to large trusses of small single, semi-double or frilled, unscented, funnel- or trumpet-shaped flowers.
Well-grown specimens appear as a solid mound of colour and are breathtaking as massed plantings.
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Full sunShelter from strong early-morning sun.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowAlthough prone to many pests and diseases, when grown well these shrubs are generally trouble-free. The pot azaleas seen at Christmas are Indica hybrids from central and southern China, developed in Belgium. Many evergreen azaleas are particularly effective planted in groups. They are surface-rooting and will not tolerate deep planting.Pests & DiseasesVine weevil, rhododendron and azalea whiteflies, leafhoppers, lacebugs, scale insects, caterpillars, aphids, powdery mildew, bud blast, honey fungus, rust, leafy gall, petal blight, silver leaf, phytophthora root rot, lime-induced chlorosis(if soil is not sufficiently acid).Place of originEurope, 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 - EVERGREEN
white flowers with frilly margins
(Alexander Hill) - reddish-orange flowers and spreading habit
large flowered purple
(syn. Nuccio's Blue Moon). Large pale mauve flowers, occasionally striped
yellow new growth contrasts with mauve flowers. AM 2008
compact growing clear orange
(AM form) very large salmon-pink
large wavy white petals, occasionally flecked pink
(Campfire) - bright crimson-red