Standard Azalea Japonica Florida 60cm

£49.99

Plant Fact File:

  • Plant Type: Evergreen Shrub
  • Common Name: Azalea
  • Variety: ‘Florida’
  • Growth Habit: Standard
  • Height: 60cm (24 inches)
  • Spread: Variable, depending on pruning
  • Foliage: Small, glossy green leaves
  • Flower Color: Variable, depending on cultivar (‘Florida’ typically features pink or red flowers)
  • Flowering Period: Spring to early summer
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-draining soil
  • Uses: Ornamental, specimen planting, containers

Description:

Azalea japonica ‘Florida’ is a popular evergreen shrub known for its vibrant spring flowers and compact growth habit. As a standard variety, it is grown on a single stem with a rounded canopy of foliage at the top. ‘Florida’ typically produces pink or red flowers in abundance from spring to early summer, adding a splash of color to the garden.

Key Features:

  • Standard Growth Habit: ‘Florida’ is grown as a standard, meaning it is trained to have a single stem with a rounded canopy of foliage at the top. This growth habit makes it suitable for use as a specimen plant or focal point in the garden, where it can add vertical interest and visual impact.
  • Vibrant Spring Flowers: One of the main attractions of ‘Florida’ is its profusion of spring flowers. The plant produces clusters of pink or red blooms that cover the canopy, creating a stunning display of color. The flowers are typically funnel-shaped and may have contrasting markings or highlights.
  • Evergreen Foliage: Like other varieties of Azalea japonica, ‘Florida’ features small, glossy green leaves that persist throughout the year. The foliage provides a lush backdrop for the colorful spring flowers and maintains the plant’s ornamental appeal even when not in bloom.
  • Versatile Uses: Standard azaleas like ‘Florida’ are versatile plants that can be used in various ways in the landscape. They make excellent focal points in the garden, whether planted in the ground or grown in containers. They can also be used to create formal accents or planted en masse for a dramatic effect.
  • Low Maintenance: Azaleas are generally low-maintenance plants that require minimal care once established. ‘Florida’ prefers moist, well-draining soil and benefits from regular watering, especially during dry periods. Pruning may be necessary to maintain the desired shape and size of the plant.
  • Spring Bloomer: ‘Florida’ typically blooms in spring, with flowers appearing in abundance from late March to early June, depending on local climate conditions. The vibrant blooms attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden, adding to its ecological value.
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