Sunset Pink Azalea
Sunset Pink Azalea
Azalea x 'Sunset Pink' (Exbury Hybrid)Item #0855 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
An extremely hardy selection which provides a massive display of large trusses of exquisite rose-pink blooms, each with an orange-yellow blotch. Its mounded form is excellent for massing in shrub borders. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Mid to Late SpringFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasExceptional early spring color for beds, borders and foundation planting. Add to perimeter plantings. A natural beneath 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 PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationThrives in humus-rich, acidic, 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. Prune to shape and apply an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:The breeding these azaleas began early on in Japan centuries before it was opened to western botanists. The Exbury Hybrids were developed by Baron von Rothschild at his Exbury, England estate. During the 1920s and 30s, he combined existing hybrids with those imported from North America, Japan and China to produce some truly astounding new plants. Exbuys did not do well in the American South where so many other azaleas thrive due to a marked intolerance of extreme heat. However, Exburys have been used by southern breeders in the ancestry of modern hybrids due to the improvement in flower size and quantity.Lore:Though they are known as azaleas, all azalea hybrids are technically members of the genus Rhododendron. Azaleas and cherry blossoms are the two plants that symbolize spring in the Japanese tea garden.