Golden Lights Azalea
Golden Lights Azalea
Azalea x 'Golden Lights' (Northern Lights hybrid)Item #0778 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
An extremely hardy selection that provides a massive display of brilliant, golden yellow single blooms. The small mounding form is excellent for massing in shrub borders. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late SpringFlower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasExceptional early spring color for beds, borders and foundation planting. Add to perimeter plantings. A natural large tree groves and the verges of wildlands or naturalistic landscapes. A traditional choice for Asian inspired gardens. Bold color for reflecting pools and water gardens.Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Fern (Polystichum); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lilac (Syringa); Alpine Clematis (Clematis alpina); Dogwood (Cornus)
- CareCare InformationProvide organically rich, acidic, well-drained soil. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in extremely hot, arid climates. Water deeply and regularly during the 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The Northern Lights azaleas were developed by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, bred for their extreme cold hardiness. The program developed its first commercially available seedlings in 1978 resulting from the original cross of R. prinophyllum and R. x kosteranum. The former species is an American species found from Main south to Virginia and west to Missouri. Golden Lights was developed from R. prinophyllum and a white flowered Exbury hybrid.Lore:Though these plants are typically listed as a genus azalea, there is no official genus by that name. They are all technically species and hybrids of genus Rhododendron.