Azalea x 'Herbert' (Gable hybrid)Item #0800 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Hardy azalea thrives in cold climates! Profusion of double, lavender orchid blooms. Premier flowering shrub for use as hedge, in borders or in massed planting for impressive display. Semi-evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24, 31, 32Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early springFlower color:PurpleFlower 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 PlantsGroup this vivid azalea with other acid loving plants such as Normandy Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Normandy'), Seiryu Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'), Orangee Flame Oregon Grape Holly, (Mahonia aquifolium 'Orangee Flame') and Makinoi's Holly Fern, (Polystichum makinoi).
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Provide well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This hybrid was one of the famous varieties developed between 1920 and 1980 by Joseph Gable in Pennsylvania. Gable utilized Asian species obtained from the Arnold Arboretum and crossed them with the hardier deciduous American native Azaleas. All these famous varieties were developed on the grounds of his rural farm and remain among the best landscape shrubs on the market.Lore:Though they are known as azaleas, all azalea hybrids are technically members of the genus Rhododendron Azalea and cherry blossoms symbolize spring in the largely flowerless Japanese tea garden.