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. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Slow growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 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 InformationThrives in humus-rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer areas. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Keep roots cool with a layer of mulch. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom.Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- 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.