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Rhododendron prunifolium (Plumleaf Azalea)

Plumleaf Azalea, Plum Leaf Azalea, Very Late Rhododendrons


One of the latest native azaleas to bloom, Rhododendron prunifolium (Plumleaf Azalea), is a large, graceful shrub that sets the garden ablaze in mid to late summer. This deciduous azalea produces an abundance of orange to vivid red, funnel-shaped flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), with long stamens that elegantly project themselves beyond the flowers. Borne in clusters of 4-7 flowers, the blooms are a great a nectar source for swallowtail butterflies and hummingbirds. They contrast beautifully with the elliptic to obovate, 6 in. long (15 cm), dark green shiny leaves which turn yellowish to plum in the fall.

  • Grows with an upright, spreading, open habit, up to 8-10 ft. tall (240-300 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 cm)
  • Winner of the Rhododendron of the Year Award of the American Rhododendron Society, which recognizes plants with excellent foliage and flowers, attractive plant habits, and strong pest and disease resistance. These awards were received for the Mid-Atlantic region (2011) as well as the South East region (2014)
  • A part shade lover, this plant is best grown in moist, acidic, humusywell-drained soils. Protect from frost to prevent damage to flowers. Mulch annually with leaf mould to retain moisture, control weeds, and cool the soil.
  • Perfect as specimen, for beds and borderscottage gardens.
  • Removing spent flowers promotes new growth
  • All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
  • Native to the southeastern United States

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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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 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Azaleas - Rhododendrons, Rhododendrons - Azaleas
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 8' – 10' (240cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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