Plant Spotlight: Stewartstonian Azalea

Blog Category: Gardening
April 20, 2016 by Wright Outdoor Solutions

During the month of April, we will be highlighting the Stewartstonian Azaela in our Garden Center. With its beautiful display of red blooms in the spring, it makes a great addition to any landscape. Read on for more information regarding this plant spotlight.

Botanical Name: Rhododendron x Gable ‘Stewartstonian’

Type: Broadleaf Semi-Evergreen

Characteristics: Cold tolerant, low maintenance, butterfly attractor, and as a late bloomer, they provide a nice splash of color for mid-spring

Height: 4-5 feet

Spread: 4-5 feet

Bloom Time: April (2-3 weeks)

Blooms: Orange-Red

Zones: 5-8

Introduced in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, by Joseph Gable, the Stewartstonian Azalea is a member of the Rhododendron family. A dense spreading, medium sized shrub, it is great to use as a hedge or incorporate in mixed shrub borders. When planting, look for a sheltered area in sun or sun to partial shade. You need to protect the shrub from both strong winds and afternoon heat. It is important to pay attention to the soil you plant in as well. The Stewartstonian Azalea prefers well drained, acidic soil with organic mulch, wood chips, bark and pine needles.

Although the Stewartstonian Azalea only produces its ravishing red blooms in the spring, the foliage stays on the shrub year round. The glossy, medium green leaves of spring and summer turn a reddish-chocolate color in the cold winter months.

Be sure to stop by the Garden Center to pick up one of these beauties and many other great finds. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. For more information on our Garden Center, visit us online, or give us a call at 515.987.6334.

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