AZALEA: DUCHES OF CYPRESS
LATIN NAME: RHODODENDRON 'DUCHESS OF CYPRESS'(SOUTHERN INDICA)
This beautiful evergreen shrub has a vibrant orange-red bloom in the spring. Its rich green foliage is aesthetically alluring year-round. Its compact growth habit spreads 2-4 feet tall(3-5 feet wide). Ideally used as a screen, accent, or hedge.
Amount of Sunlight: Partial to full shade depending on region
Amount of Water: Water weekly; more frequent watering in extreme heat
Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil; Prefers high organic matter content
Cold Hardiness Zone: 6-9
It is essential to frequently water newly planted azaleas due to their shallow root systems. The amount of water necessary should equal one inch of rain per week until mature root system is established. Pruning helps maintain an attractive look while inducing branching for seasonal blooming.