Mandarin Lights Azalea
Mandarin Lights Azalea
Azalea x 'Mandarin Lights' (Northern Lights Hybrid)Item #0836 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
Extremely hardy selection which provides a massive display of bright, mandarin orange blooms before the foliage emerges. Small mounding form is excellent for massing in shrub borders. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:OrangeGarden 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 azalea with other very cold hardy plants such as Pocahontas Canadian Lilac, (Syringa x hyacinthiflora 'Pocahontas'), Eastern Snowball, (Viburnum opulus 'Sterile'), Ivory Halo Dogwood, (Cornus alba 'Bailhalo') and Pamela Jackman Alpine Clematis, (Clematis alpina 'Pamela Jackman').
- 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.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.