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Rhododendron austrinum (Florida Flame Azalea)

Florida Flame Azalea, Southern Yellow Azalea, Honeysuckle Azalea, Orange Azalea, Flame Azalea, Deciduous Azalea, Early Midseason Azalea


Noted for its incredibly brilliant golden blossoms and lovely fragrance in spring, Rhododendron austrinum, commonly known as Florida Flame Azalea, is a spectacular deciduous Azalea. Rich of a delightful honeysuckle fragrance, its compact clusters of 10 to 24 golden-yellow, funnel-shaped flowers with elegantly protruding red stamens, are often flushed red or peach at their base, producing a magnificent display. Blooming in early to mid spring, the blooms appear on naked stems or as the leaves emerge. The deciduous foliage of elliptic, mid green leaves is covered with downy soft hair and turns yellow to bronze-orange in fall. Native to Florida's panhandle and southern Georgia, this loose, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub is heat tolerant and performs well in hot climates. Mildew resistant, it is not adapted to cool summer areas. Compact and delightfully scented, Flame Azalea makes a valuable addition near a patio and around the home.

  • Grows up to 5-6 ft. tall (150-180 cm) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm)
  • Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society for the South Central and South East regions.
  • A part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Plant shallowly in a location protected from strong winter winds. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mould to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect for shrub borders or mixed borders, as a flowering hedge or privacy screen, foundation plantings and shade gardens.
  • Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth.
  • All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Photos courtesy Natual Landscapes Nursery, Chanticleer Garden

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 5' – 6' (150cm – 180cm)
Spread 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spacing 36" – 48" (90cm – 120cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina
Tolerance Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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