Pink Delight Azalea
Rhododendron 'Pink Delight'
Pink Delight Azalea in bloom
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 5a
Group/Class: Girard Hybrids
This striking azalea shrub is bathed in clusters of beautiful salmon double blooms with unusual pointed petals; an excellent choice to mass in groupings, or as an elegant focal point of the garden; must have rich acidic soil
Pink Delight Azalea is bathed in stunning clusters of lightly-scented salmon trumpet-shaped flowers with a gold blotch at the ends of the branches in late spring, which emerge from distinctive dark red flower buds before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Pink Delight Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pink Delight Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Pink Delight Azalea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. 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. 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 leaves 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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