Azalea 'Higasa' (Satsuki hybrid)Item #0810 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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Beautiful, mounding shrub helps extend flowering season! Great color for containers, or use as a low border shrub. Huge, flat blooms of deep rose-pink with paler margins. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 2 1/2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 3 1/2 ft. wide.Special features:Dwarf PlantFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Late springFlower color:PinkGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasA perfectly sized azalea for high profile foundation planting. Attention getter at close range around outdoor living areas or to liven up dull shrub borders. Create irregular groups in sheltered locations around tree groves and in acidic soils in conjunction with conifers. Superior choice for Asian inspired gardens.Companion PlantsThis azalea works nicely with other Asian garden plants such as Weeping Cherry, Japanese Maple, and Liriope. Don't forget to include other blooming Azalea varieties for a rainbow of color from spring to early summer. It's exceptional alongside the colored fall foliage of Oregon Grape Holly and Dogwood.
- 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:The Satsuki azaleas are perhaps the most highly regarded of all in Japan. Breeding has resulted there the widest range of flower color, but there is equal emphasis on growth characteristics. Higasi was derived from crosses between R.. indicum and R.. simsii. Satsukis were introduced to the west around 1900, but breeding didn't really take off here until the 1930s. The name "Satsuki" in Japanese comes from reference to their blooming period which is the fifth month of the Asian lunar calendar. A traditional beverage made from azalea blossoms, called Tugyonju, which literally means azalea wine, is produced in Korea.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 genus Rhododendron, but share their own distinct taxonomical grouping.