Red Ruffles Azalea
Red Ruffles Azalea
Azalea 'Red Ruffles' (Rutherfordiana hybrid)Item #0640 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
Produces masses of showy single to semi-double blooms of deep cerise with frilly petals. 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24Growth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 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); Bush Lily (Clivia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Camellia (Camellia); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)
- CareCare InformationProvide rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Best in dappled shade, sheltered from harsh sun in hot summer areas. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. 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:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- 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.