• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub, Rhododendron
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 14 - 24, 31 - 33
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 2 to 4 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasA vivid red azalea should be prominent in foundation planting, particularly the front yard where it makes a big color splash from the street. Also works very well beneath tree groves in a naturalistic woodland setting. Problem solver for homes influenced by large old shade or street trees because azaleas thrive in the half shade and acidic soils they create. Azaleas pair with cherry blossoms to herald spring in the traditional Japanese tea garden and other landscaping influenced by Asian style. It's an American staple for traditional homes of the old South and middle Atlantic states.
    Companion PlantsAzaleas are exceptional companions for Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum 'Burgundy Lace'), Leatherleaf Fern, (Rumhora adiantiformis), Yaku Princess Rhododendron, (Rhododendron x 'Yaku Princess') and Silvery Sunproof Lilyturf, (Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Fashion' is among the varieties developed at the USDA Plant Introduction Station in Glenn Dale, Maryland. The work is attributed to Director Ben Moorison who began work in 1935, and by 1952 over 400 hybrids had been introduced. 'Fashion' is one of the most famous of all Glenn Dale hybrids.
    Although they are listed as though Azalea was a genus, these plants fall into genus Rhododendron. The azaleas constiute a group of rhododendrons with unique characteristics.