Azalea indica 'Formosa'Item #0214 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 9
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Rich lavender pink flowers with darker accent blotch are large and showy. Blooms early to midseason on tall, upright plants. Valued for massing in the south. Sun tolerant, very hardy and quite vigorous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:To 8 ft. tall, but can be trimmed to about 4 ft.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:To 8 ft. tall, but can be trimmed to about 4 ft.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Early springFlower color:Purplish-pinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersGarden 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 vivid azalea with other acid loving plants such as Normandy Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Normandy'), Seiryu Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'), Orangee Flame Oregon Grape Holly, (Mahonia aquifolium 'Orangee Flame') and Makinoi's Holly Fern, (Polystichum makinoi).
- 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:Southern Indica azaleas (Azalea indica) are actually native to Japan and first introduced into Holland in 1680 but failed to catch on there. It reached America in the 18th century and became popular outdoor landscape plants in the warmer parts of the South. Fruitland Nurseries of Georgia was among the first to offer the emerging varieties for sale and extensive breeding both here and in Holland has produced a wide range of forms.Lore:Large Southern Indica azaleas distinguish most of the great old gardens of the South including historic plantation homes.