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    Rhododendron 'Rosy Lights'

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    Rosy Lights Azalea (Rhododendron 'Rosy Lights') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Rosy Lights Azalea flowers

    Rosy Lights Azalea flowers

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    Rosy Lights Azalea (Rhododendron 'Rosy Lights') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Rosy Lights Azalea in bloom

    Rosy Lights Azalea in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  5 feet

    Spread:  6 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Group/Class:  Northern Lights Series

    Description:

    An extremely hardy azalea, smothered in showy fragrant rose-pink flowers in spring before the leaves, tall upright habit and good fall color; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil, use plenty of peat moss when planting

    Ornamental Features

    Rosy Lights Azalea is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant rose trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Rosy Lights Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.

    Rosy Lights Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Rosy Lights Azalea will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. 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.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Characteristics
    Accent  Massing  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Fall Color  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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