Pink Ruffles Azalea
Rhododendron 'Pink Ruffles'
Pink Ruffles Azalea flowers
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Group/Class: Exbury Hybrid
An interesting variety with ruffled rose-pink semi-double blooms in late spring to early summer; creates an impressive border or low screen; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil
Pink Ruffles Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of lightly-scented rose trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The oval leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall.
Pink Ruffles Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.
Pink Ruffles Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Pink Ruffles 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 partial shade to full shade. Keep it well away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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 foliage 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.