Super vigorous with lush foliage. A sister seedling of 'Red Eye', this rugged plant stands sun well and blooms young. Its good foliage is dense and green. It flowers very late in the season with small, medium pink flowers, great to extend the flowering time of rhododendrons. A few Rhododendron varieties such as Caroline', 'Scintillation', 'Lee's Dark Purple', Yakushimanum hybrids, 'Hong Kong and the hardy varieties from Finland must have some shade in midday or the foliage will yellow or even burn –  especially during a hot summer. The plant gives best results in full sun and is easily rooted. Roseum' x white form of R. hyperythrum - It The plant has a compact growth habit and is one of the best for heat, but does require some shade. It even blooms well in deep shade. If you like azaleas and have too much shade to do well with evergreen azaleas, lepidote (small leaved) rhododendrons may do well for you such as the various PJM varieties, Ramapo and Snow Lady. [Return to List], Dr. John Thornton of Franklinton, LA, has released a collection of his hybrids of R. hyperythrum with popular hardy East Coast hybrid rhododendrons. Leaves are matte green, and the plant's constitution is tough and very hardy. Tangelo –  (Greer, Exbury type) Like biting into a sweet, juicy tangelo, soft, warm orange floods the garden when this flowers. Has a tall upright plant. Use these many-stemmed plants to bring structure to your garden and add vibrant color to those shady spots! It grows approximately 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Orchid-lilac flowers are nicely accented by the moss green foliage. Dappled shade or morning sun/ afternoon shade is necessary to protect the rather thin textured leaves from scorching. Lady Lilac –  Blooms in early mid-season. The beauty of dwarf azaleas is that they bloom on and off all year - even in shadier areas - staying small and manageable. [Return to List], George Lindley Taber –    5', -5F. In tropical climates, the best rhododendrons are the Vireya, a type which is native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Its foliage looks like it was sprinkled with silver. Evergreen flowering rhododendron shrubs thrive in … This plant has beautiful deep bronze-red foliage all winter and is a joy to view. Rhododendron catawbiense – 5', -25F, the Catawba Rhododendron, is an evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 6 or 10 feet tall and a width of 5 to 8 feet. Most deciduous azaleas do well in full sun and frequently are poor bloomers in the shade. Excellent foliage highlight the vivid pink flowers spotted darker on the upper lobe. Christmas Cheer – 4', -10F. A newer group of azaleas is called the Maid in the Shade collection. It grows to a height of 2' and width of 18" to 24". Below are lists of other rhododendrons and azaleas that are generally considered sun tolerant. Jean Marie de Montague – 5', -5F. dark green, recurved, glossy leaves. This is the rhododendron for that sunny spot in the yard as it does best in the sun. A very romantic plant for cottage gardens anywhere. Does well in sunny locations. This is almost the same cross as the popular white hybrid 'Dora Amateis', but this is pink rather than white and is a heat tolerant, dependable grower. Iveryana –    2', +10F. Morning sun and afternoon shade are ideal, although some rhododendrons can take full sun. Genus: Rhododendron. Its deep green, dense foliage is highlighted with bronze tones and is prettiest when grown in full sun. It grows approximately 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Also known as 'Lady Clementina Mitford'. to pink, ruffled blooms with a dense habit and The hardiest plant of the species, this variety withstands frost even when in flower. Oceanlake – 30", -5F. Needs pruning to keep it compact. Its leaves are deciduous when the plant is young but evergreen in maturity, remaining on the plant all winter, though often changing color. [Return to List]. It was developed in 1909, received an Award of Merit in 1933 and then a First Class Certificate as late as 1955. Few plants have foliage as green. The flowers are bright lavender-pink. Hardijzer Beauty – 3', -5F. Dark red flowers in a ball-shaped cluster. Grows to 4' tall by 5' wide in 10 years. As the season progresses, the mound becomes a superb jade green with rose-red bud scales for another show of color. Do not cultivate around the shallow roots of rhododendrons and azaleas, but pinch off their faded flowers to improve bloom the following year. Very sun tolerant. Red Eye – 6', -10F. Bright green, leathery leaves on a medium sized, rounded rhododendron. Showy flowers bloom in mid-summer in shades of pink, peach, purple and white. [Return to List]. The mass of slender, dark green leaves do well in a sunny spot. This hybrid is cold hardy as well as tolerant of heat and sun. long and .75 to 1.5 in. Loderi King George –  6', 0F. Very hardy, sun tolerant, lilac blue with a striking purple blotch. Can be trimmed easily and makes a good hedge. Extremely showy, red flowers make a real display in the spring.. The presence of part shade helps the plants fight insect pests and disease. It's known for its heat and sun tolerance and is extremely cold hardy. Encore® azaleas need full sun in order to rebloom properly. Open and upright, the new growth is bright red, and creates quite a display in itself. Good for extending your bloom season into June. † indicates Rhododendrons Tolerant of Sun and Heat. Rhododendron hippophaeoides var. They are typically below 10 feet in height, are low-maintenance, and are suitable for growing in a range of different hardiness zones. When you need structure for a tight space or a container, this handsome dwarf conifer is the perfect option for smaller gardens. [Return to List]. Now you can choose your favorite colors of azaleas for evergreen foundation plants … Here is hardiness, good flower and large foliage, all in one hybrid. Requires some shade. Flowers are bright violet-pink. Prolific pom-pom trusses are purple. While many rhododendrons grow best in woodland conditions, providing dappled shade, dwarf rhododendrons flower best in full sun. Dwarf rhododendrons come in a dazzling rainbow array of colours, unmatched by any other group of dwarf … Catawba rhododendron is a large-leaved, evergreen shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet high with large, lilac-purple flowers borne in clusters (trusses) in mid-to late spring. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. "Maid in the Shade" deciduous azaleas are a collection of deciduous azaleas compiled by Transplant Nursery selected to do well in shadier locations. It's a plant you can depend on year after year. It is hardy to Zone 5, -15 F. Its many branches are densely covered with oval evergreen leaves, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, matted with hairs. Sun tolerant. Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Rhododendrons are susceptible to insect and disease problems. Most Rhododendrons will tolerate a more open site if sheltered from cold, dry winds. To be useful in full sun, rhododendron and azaleas must 1) be lace bug resistant, 2) not be prone to sun scald, and 3) not be prone to root rot. Ho-Oden –  Blooms in early mid-season. It's a plant you can depend on year after year. It grows well in shade. Densely branched, it is covered with flower buds that are hardy to -30F and open bright red. Other diseases include canker, crown rot, root rot, rust, and powdery mildew. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Pathfinder –    Orange buds open to golden flowers, deep golden blotch [Return to List]. Search for a specific plant or plant type you are wishing to add to your beautiful outdoor collection. Borne at the tips of the upright branches, the blossoms contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of rounde… Pink trusses signal the coming of spring. Charles Loomis – 4', -15F. They include the following: Ramapo –  2', -25F. Rhododendrons in the 'P.J.M.' Hino Crimson –  Early, -10F, Low/Med. They are hardy to Zone 7, +5° F. After five to eight years in the garden, most Kurume azaleas become dense 18- to 30-inch bushes with small glossy leaves. Bright blue-purple flowers make a nice contrast. 'Red River' is hardy to -20°F. It isn’t a deep orange but a true sparkling orange that radiates. R. calendulaceum – 6', -10F. When the flower first opens, the eye is green gold and little by little it becomes red. This section will deal with non-tropical rhododendrons and azaleas that can withstand warmer climates such as the southeastern US including Eastern Oklahoma. Relatively few rhododendrons are fully hardy in the Chicago area or can cope well with its alkaline soils. The species and hybrids listed here bloom especially well in the minimal sun and bright light of open to medium shade, and two of them, Snowlady and the Royal Azalea, will even bloom in deep shade. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well-drained acidic, high organic matter soils. Pink Magic – 4-5', -10F. Rhododendron calendulaceum – 6', -10F, the flame azalea, is a native American species, growing 4 to 6 feet high. It is an excellent choice for a small bed or long, low border. The growth habit is somewhat open but round on this fine plant. One of the best dwarf rhododendrons, this species has a tight compact habit with attractive silver-gray foliage. (Not Registered) [Return to List]. Thriving in a Mediterranean-type environment without temperature extremes, rhododendrons grow best in open shade in moist, acidic, humus-rich soil in raised beds. In general, most Azaleas will grow very well if they receive four hours or more of bright sun per day. Boule de Neige –  5', -25F. Mrs. G. W. Leak –  6', 0F. Chapmanii Wonder –  4-5', -15F, E-EM. [Return to List]. This is your ultimate dwarf Azalea, reaching no more than 12" in height and 2 feet in the width after 10+ years. form a strategic partnership called N.C. These varieties need shade to prevent lace bug infestations since the natural enemies of lace bugs are much less active in sunny areas. 'Sonata' has tubular shaped, orange-red flowers edged in red. Plants prone to root rot stay healthier in areas where the soil is cooler and has good drainage. It has tiny leathery gray-green leaves that provide year-round interest. [Return to List]. Zones 3 to 8. Lisa's Gold – 5', -15F. Flowers range in color from lilac to rose with green or brown markings in the throat. Noted for its lavender-blue spring flowers, Rhododendron 'Blue Tit Magor' is a compact, mounding, dense, evergreen shrub producing incredibly eye-catching flower clusters. R. hyperythrum – 3', -10F. Native to southeastern United States. DETAIL. Yellow Hammer – 4', +5F. Sunny yellow flowers bloom amidst bronzy red foliage. Blue Diamond – 3', -5F. This large growing, vigorous rhododendron tolerates exposure to full sun. The leaves are 3 inches long and drop in the fall. Rhododendron lutescens – 6', +5F. Flowers are widely funnel shaped giving then tighter trusses and are typically later than R. augustinii. [Return to List]. It's vigorous, cold hardy, heat and sun resistant. A vigorous plant that has good foliage and will grow in more difficult areas. A robust plant with an upright habit, it can be an open grower, but pinching will help and its habit gets better with age. Bright crimson flowers unfold in April, and holding their color well. This hybrid exhibits some outstanding characteristics. Rhododendrons are great for use along foundations, in woodlands, and along garden or lawn borders and are available in all colors. Tiny Tower® Dwarf Alberta Spruce Zone: 3 – 8. group are such heavy bloomers is that the plants do not set seed. For heat and sun tolerance this is extremely good and fairly good for cold hardiness. They all are R. austrinum hybrids: Aromi Sunrise –    Red orange buds open to yellow orange flowers with darker shading in the center The plant is dense and well clothed in leathery leaves that are a rich, matte green in summer. The relatively large flowers (1" to 1-1/2") are salmon-pink with dark pink spots. Rhododendron 'Ramapo' Common name: Ramapo Rhododendron. [Return to List]. It has good heat tolerance. Fairly early in the flowering season, R. racemosum will appear as a bundle of clear pink plumes. Most evergreen azaleas do best in partial shade, but not heavy shade. [Return to List]. Rhododendrons and azaleas, which are among the most popular flowering plants for shade, are commonly thought to be, as a group, amenable to low-light conditions. As you might expect, the flowers are white, in perfect rounded trusses, and geometrically proportioned to the leaves. Mrs. G. G. Gerbing –    3', +10F. Aunt Martha – 5', -10F. A dwarf evergreen azaleodendron from Holland. Trust our top-quality Rhododendron bushes for years of trouble-free, dependable beauty. That means areas with trees that cast shade with sun filtering through, or areas that are in shade part of the day and sun part of the day. wide. The habit is dome shaped. Plentiful pale violet flowers are amid a bushy blue-green mat of leaves. Requires some shade. Plenty of leathery leaves enable the plant to grow well in full sun and moderate heat. Sun and heat tolerant. New foliage is bronze, changing to green with maturity. A hardy plant with distinctive gray-green leaves. Elviira –  2', -30F. [Return to List]. Dark red flowers in a ball-shaped cluster. Hardy to +5F. Flowers are snow white in ball shaped trusses. The rhododendrons are all evergreen; ten of the azaleas are deciduous and one is evergreen. The fragrant blossoms come in shades of orange through gold and yellow, and measure approximately 1 to 1.5 inches across. It is also tolerant of sun and swampy conditions. It makes a good ground cover with its small leaves and creeping habit. ‘Rosy Lights’ is an azalea that offers extra cold hardiness. Excellent for shade gardens or in a sheltered site. Odoratum – 4', -15F. Aromi Sunstruck –    Pale yellow buds open to lemon yellow flowers, deep yellow blotch Hardy to +5F. It takes on an upright, rounded, dense, spreading shape, growing irregular with age. †† indicates eight Rhododendrons that are also cold tolerant: Note: Boule de Neige, Nova Zembla and most PJM varieties are also shade tolerant. This is a good selection for a background plant. Branches vigorously. Formosa (Phoeniceum) –  6', +10F. Many varieties need shade to prevent lace bug infestations since the natural enemies of lace bugs are not active in sunny areas. This one will take rough treatment. Its funnel shaped flowers with ruffled edges are pale mauve to lavender-blue with a distinctive dark blotch. July 6, 2020. Cherries 'n Cream – 3', -5F. Its reddish-purple flowers are held in medium sized, tight trusses. For hardiness: 'Formosa', also called 'Phoenicia', lavender, is hardy to Zone 6, -5° F. Brilliant – 2', 0F. Since then, azalea breeders have developed many cultivars, such as "Blaauw's Pink" (Rhododendron "Blaauw's Pink"), which grows in USDA zones 6 through 9, and "Hino-crimson" (Rhododendron "Hino-crimson"), which is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8. A dependable rhododendron. Noted for its tolerance of full sun, this reliable azalea displays a profusion of scarlet-orange flowers. The foliage and the plant are similar to 'PJM', as its parentage is related; however, the chapmanii in this plant provides more heat tolerance than the carolinianum in 'PJM'. For example, the natural predators of rhododendron and azalea lace bugs do not thrive in full sun. For hardiness: 'Blaauw's Pink' salmon pink is hardy to Zone 6, -5° F. For locations with more shade, it is best to stick with rhododendrons that are known to tolerate more shade. It produces an abundance of snowy white flowers and has fuzzy green leaves. The hybrid Rhododendron P.J.M. Ideal for massing under the canopies of … A year-round mulch of rotted oak leaves will also provide natural nutrients and will help keep the soil cool and moist. Evergreen Rhododendron Shrubs. One of the more sun-tolerant hybrids, this azalea produces multitudes of rose-crimson flowers early to mid-season. †† indicates eight Rhododendrons that are also cold tolerant: 'Aunt Martha' (-10F), 'Blue Jay' (-10F), 'Blue Peter' (-10F), 'Boule de Neige' (-25F) , 'Cynthia' (-15F), 'English Roseum' (-25F), 'Myrtifolium' (-15F), Nova Zembla (-25F) and 'PJM' (-25F). It grows to a height of 4' and width of 5'. Ramapo is a common azalea or dwarf rhododendron often seen planted in masses. Deep violet-blue flowers make a charming display on this small-leafed hybrid. One of the reasons rhododendrons in the 'P.J.M.' The combination frequently results in attacks new plant growth and eats away at the plant branch by branch. A broad, dense cushion measuring 5-6' high develops as the plant matures. A site with filtered light is best for ´Bow Bells´. Very deep yellow flowers are held on an upright growing plant. 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