Mandarin Lights Azalea
Mandarin Lights Azalea
Azalea x 'Mandarin Lights' (Northern Lights Hybrid)Item #0836 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
An extremely hardy selection that provides a massive display of bright, mandarin orange blooms in the spring before the foliage emerges. The small mounding form with lustrous green foliage is excellent for use as an accent plant, or for mass plantings and shrub borders. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh HIB-ridDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:OrangeFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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 PlantsEastern Snowball (Viburnum opulus); Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lilac (Syringa); Alpine Clematis (Clematis alpina); Dogwood (Cornus)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - 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. Mandarin 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.