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Karen Azalea

Azalea x 'Karen' (Gable Hybrid)

SKU
00181
An unusually hardy and highly reliable evergreen shrub with rich lavender-purple hose-in-hose flowers on a vigorous, upright plant. Foliage turns a brilliant burgundy in the fall. Showiest when planted in groups. An ideal spring blooming foundation shrub for beds and borders.
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Botanical Pronunciationuh-ZAY-lee-uh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasKaren is without a doubt among the most coveted azaleas for front foundation bed planting. It's cherished for position near the front door 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. Azaleas naturally thrive in the acidic soils beneath natural woodlands or ornamental groves of evergreen and hardwood trees. This is an essential of the Japanese tea garden as a symbol of spring, and is found in gardens throughout Asia.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun
Soil NeedsAzalea & Camellia Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Gift Plant, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Camellia (Camellia); Mountain Laurel (Kalmia); Clethra (Clethra)

Thrives in humus-rich, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with an acid fertilizer after bloom. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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