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Sweet Azalea

Rhododendron arborescens

Smooth Azalea (Eng.)

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This Azalea is a delightful addition to the shrub border, and adds a delicate and refined character to the garden. They are named Sweet Azalea after their sweet-scented aroma. Rhododendron arborescens is one of the hardiest azaleas and one of the last azaleas to bloom in the spring. Plant them in shady areas in your garden in acid soil.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seeds after flowering.

Propagation

Cuttings
Softwood cuttings are taken from the new growth. The cutting environment should be humid because any wilting will stress the cuttings.
Seed
Remove and clean the seeds before storing. Do not cover the seeds with a medium like perlite, just sprinkle the seeds on top of a sandy soil mixture.
Layering
Place a branch on the soil and place a rock to keep some of the eyes in contact with ground and excluding light. After 1-3 months roots will grow from the covered eyes!

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies
Autumn colour
Dark green leaves can also become deep red to purple in autumn.

Geography

Origin
Eastern United States of America
Natural climate
TEmperate to Cold

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Ericaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Bud blast, Powdery mildew, Petal blight, Azalea leaf gall, Leaf spots and Rust.

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