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Northern Lights Azalea

Category:

The hardiest of azaleas, smothered in showy fragrant pink flowers in spring before the leaves, compact upright habit; many selections available; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
7 feet
Average Landscape Width:
7 feet
Genus:
Rhododendron
Cultivar:
Northern Lights
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
leggy
Density:
open
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Bicolor:
rose
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Fall Color:
purple
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Northern Lights Azalea is draped in stunning clusters of lightly-scented pink trumpet-shaped flowers with rose overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Northern Lights Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Northern Lights Azalea will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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