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Netted Azalea*

Rhododendron reticulatum

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Netted Azalea (Rhododendron reticulatum) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Netted Azalea flowers

Netted Azalea flowers

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Netted Azalea (Rhododendron reticulatum) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Netted Azalea in bloom

Netted Azalea in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Description:

Lovely clusters of purple, lavender, or rarely white blooms cover this azalea in mid-spring before the leaves; an upright shrub that is great for planting in groups; needs highly acidic and organic soil that is well drained

Ornamental Features

Netted Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of purple trumpet-shaped flowers with lavender overtones at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The small glossy narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Netted Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

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.

Netted Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Netted Azalea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. 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 species is not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value 
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