Azalea indica 'Alaska' (Rutherfordiana hybrid)Item #0440 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
An outstanding flowering shrub that features 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:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh IN-dih-kuhPlant 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 FlowersDesign 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 InformationThrives in humus-rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer areas. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Keep roots cool with a layer of mulch. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- 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.