Azalea x 'Rosebud' (Gable Hybrid)Item #0845 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
This longtime favorite is true to its name, with blooms recalling the classic beauty of roses. Shell pink rosebuds open to rosy pink double flowers in spring. This selection is characterized by slow spreading growth and remains neat and tidy in the landscape.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh HIB-ridDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow grower, reaching 2 to 4 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasAzaleas naturally thrive in the acidic soils beneath natural woodlands or ornamental groves of evergreen and hardwood trees. This is a perfect selection for front foundation bed planting. Place near the front entrance to call attention in the spring with its exquisite mass of color. Outstanding shrub for all beds and borders and will integrate with nearly every plant sharing the same requirements.Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Elderberry (Sambucus); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hosta (Hosta)
- 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 shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Rosebud is a hybrid developed from the species, R. kaempheri, native to volcanic slopes of northern Japan. The species was introduced to the United States via Arnold Arboretum in the 1890s and various American breeders took up breeding domestic cultivars. This is among the Gable Hybrids, produced by Joe Gable who crossed R. kaempheri with R. poukhanense, then added evergreen R. maxwellii as well as a number of early hybrids into his breeding program. Gable introduced dozens of excellent varieties over a period of fifty years from 1920 to 1980, all developed at his nursery in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.Lore:The Azalea is essential of the Japanese tea garden as a symbol of spring, and is found in gardens throughout Asia.