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Azaleas – Formosa Azalea

  • Formosa Azalea

Botanical name: Rhododendron indica 

Average Size at Maturity: 4-8 ft in height and 4-8 ft in spread

Hardy zone: Zones 4-10

Bloom Time: Early spring, sometimes has a second bloom in the fall

Flower Color: Soft lavender/pink/magenta/purple

Foliage Color: Green 

Growth Rate: Less than a foot a year 

Pruning needs: Remove dead or diseased branches as needed. Light pruning to maintain a certain size or shape is safe at any time, but recommended after the first blooming cycle of the spring

Landscape Use: Mass planting, specimen, foundation plant, border, or hedge

Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade, minimum of 4 hours of sun a day

Special Feature: Showy spring flowers, attracts butterflies 

Fertilizing needs: Apply a phosphate fertilizer before the first blooming period to encourage brighter flowers with longer blooming cycles
Water Needs: Provide supplementary watering 2-3 times a week during the first growing season. Drought tolerant once established

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