Azalea x'Hino-Crimson' (Kurume hybrid)Item #0815 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
Hardy azalea thrives in cold climates! The profusion of single, crimson blooms appear early and continue through spring. Premier flowering shrub for use as hedge, walkway border or in massed planting for impressive color display. Thrives dappled sunlight. Perfectly paired with dwarf conifers or in front of taller rhododendrons. Semi-evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:RedFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden 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 both Chinese and Japanese inspired gardens.Companion PlantsThis azalea works nicely with other Asian garden plants such as Cheals Weeping Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'), Oshio Beni Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Oshio-Beni') and Silver Dragon Liriope, (Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon'). It's exceptional along side Orangee Flame Oregon Grape Holly, (Mahonia aquifolium 'Orangee Flame') or Deer Fern, (Blechum spicant).
- 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 shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This azalea belongs to the dwarf kurume group which originated in Japan. They are hybrid offspring of crosses between two natives of Kyushu Island, the southernmost of the Japanese string. Parent species are R. obtusuand R. kiusianum. The latter is a low growing form that lends the dwarf stature to the Kurume hybrids.Lore:The Kurume azaleas are preferred for the art of bonsai due to their smaller stature and diminutive leaves.