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  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24, 31, 32
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Special features:Dwarf Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design 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).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.