Renee Michelle Azalea
Renee Michelle Azalea
Azalea x 'Renee Michelle' (Girard hybrid)Item #0203 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
This showy, hardy azalea thrives in USDA zone 6 despite the chilling winters! Very deep pink, ruffled flowers have a dark pink-spotted throat. The profusion of blooms creates a thrilling spring specimen, excellent for use as a hedge, in borders or in a mass planting for an impressive color display. Semi-evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:az-ZAY-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 to 5 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasA heavy bloomer for spicy early spring foundation beds out front of the house. Spot into mixed borders for welcome spring color addition. Use for fleshing out partially shaded bends beneath tree groves. A good selection for sideyards with enough light and courtyards in the South. An important component of the Japanese tea garden to signify the season of spring with its blooms. Newly discovered for modern architecture as a single bold shrub for enclosed outdoor spaces.Companion PlantsGardenia (Gardenia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Daphne (Daphne); Tree Fern (Dicksonia); Fatsia (Fatsia)
- 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: late spring to summer..Light Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:This variety is descended from the Kempheri Hybrid Azaleas which originated with R. kempheri, native to the mountains of Japan. The species was first introduced to America by the Arnold Arboretum in 1892. Early hybridization of this species began around 1900 in Holland. This is one of the Girard Hybrids developed and introduced by Girard Nurseries in Geneva, Ohio.Lore:In its habitat of origin on volcano slopes of northern Japan, these are known as "torch azaleas" due to the naturally intense coloring.