Azalea indica 'Alaska' (Rutherfordiana hybrid)Item #0440 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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An outstanding bloomer displaying snow white blooms with a distinctive chartreuse blotch on their throats. Lush, bright green foliage on a rounded form is excellent for use as evergreen screening or a foundation or hedge plant. A showy landscape accent that works nicely as a container plant.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:14 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Winter to Early SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasAn exceptional white azalea that's a stand out against red brick or dark green foliage plants. Add to front yard foundation planting for elegant color and neutral tones. Insert into shaded edges of large canopy shade trees or against the trunks of tree groves. A natural in Asian inspired gardens, particularly for the Japanese tea style.Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Camellia (Camellia); Clethra (Clethra); Japanese Maple (Acer)
- CareCare InformationProvide acidic, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Best in an east or north exposure, protected from harsh sun. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The Belgian Indica hybrids were developed in Ghent, Belgium by breeders seeking a larger range of greenhouse stock for European florists. They used the evergreen azaleas, primarily R. indica and R. simsii, which had been bred for centuries in Japan. Early imports of the Belgian hybrids found favor in the deep south as outdoor plants. This is among the R. x rutherfordiana hybrids, which resulted from crosses of Japanese Kurume azaleas with the Belgian strains. This was the first white hybrid.Lore:Though they are widely known as azaleas, this is actually a specialized group of plants under the genus Rhododendron.
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