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AZALEA - EVERGREEN
Commonly known as Spider azalea
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.
Shades of pinkAll shades of pink through to Carmine (red)Pink-purple
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)Less hardy than other evergreen Azaleas
Partial shadeShelter from cold, drying winds
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowThis hybrid has very brittle branches and stems. An odd, attractive specimen for planting in the shelter of surrounding shrubs. Grows to max. height in 10 years. Shallow planting is essential. Mulch annually with leafmould in early springPests & DiseasesSee header AZALEA - EVERGREENPlace of originGarden origin. 1846. FP von Siebold & JG Zuccarini
Garden Location/ConditionsPatio / pot plantsRockery (inc alpine)Suitable for small gardens
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Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Soil ConditionsAcid / ericaceous lovingFertile moist well-drained soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)
Buy Varieties of AZALEA - EVERGREEN
white, hose-in-hose shaped flower with frilly margins
large flowered purple
(syn. Nuccio's Blue Moon). Large pale mauve flowers, occasionally striped
compact growing clear orange
(AM form) very large salmon-pink
(Campfire) - bright crimson-red
white with pale lavender margins and a faint brown eye
white with occasional pink flowers
bright pink flowers
deep rose-red with darker flash
large flowered scarlet
large white ruffled flowers