Azalea x'Tradition' (Kurume hybrid)Item #0209 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
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Very heavy bloomer with medium pink flowers that make a wonderful spring show. Flowers are backed by tiny evergreen foliage on a low spreading form.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing 2 to 4 ft. high, 3 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasExceptional early spring color for partial shade beds, borders and foundation plantings. A natural under large tree groves and on the perimeter of wildlands or naturalistic landscapes. A traditional choice for Asian inspired gardens. Bold color for reflecting pools and water gardens.Companion PlantsThis Azalea works nicely with other Asian garden plants such as Weeping Cherry, Japanese Maple, Hydrangea, Camellia and Liriope. It's exceptional alongside the colored foliage Oregon Grape Holly and Painted Fern.
- 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:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:The Kurume azaleas are hybrids of two species, A. obtusum and A. kiusianum, both native to the island of Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. The Kurume hybrids have been crossing naturally for centuries in the Japanese highlands and Japanese growers have been producing A. x obtusum hybrids for generations with over 700 different cultivars credited to this endeavor. The Kurume hybrids were first introduced to the west at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco.