Red Ruffles Azalea
Red Ruffles Azalea
Azalea 'Red Ruffles' (Rutherfordiana hybrid)Item #0640 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
Produces masses of showy, deep cerise, single to semi-double blooms with frilly petals. A beautiful evergreen shrub for use as a low hedge or screen for an impressive color display. Best in sun to part sun in cooler climates, dappled shade in hot summer areas. Also makes a colorful container planting.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24Growth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThe unusual ruffled texture of 'Red Ruffles' stands out against simple backgrounds such as a stucco wall or planted among large leaf foliage plants. Use this plant selectively for showy color as a single patio tree or in mass to create a low hedge.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Gardenia (Gardenia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Bush Lily (Clivia); Camellia (Camellia); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
- 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:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- History & LoreHistory:The American equivalent of Belgian Indian hybrids, Rutherford hybrids were developed in the 1920's in New Jersey as greenhouse forcing azaleas from R. simsii and R. indicum. Colors range from reddish orange, to purple and white. Many are have frilled leaves.Lore:Azaleas are among the few blooming plants found in the traditional Japanese tea garden, and the earliest known hybrids originated in Japan. All azaleas are actually classified under the genus Rhododendron, but share their own distinct taxonomical grouping.