November 21st, 2017

If you’re looking for a showy, deciduous, spring-flowering plant, try an Exbury Azalea!

Exbury Azaleas are one group among several varieties of deciduous azaleas belonging to the Rhododendron genus. Other deciduous azalea groups include the Northern Light Series,

Klondyke Azalea

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Arneson, Mossman, Girard, and Weston.

The development of Exbury Hybrid azaleas was accomplished in the late 1800’s through a succession of cross-breeding of both native U.S. and Asian varieties.

Exbury hybrids are upright shrubs that normally grow from 4 to 6 feet tall and about 4 to 5 feet in width. They bloom in late spring or early summer, producing clusters of 7-18 large, 2″-3″, often very fragrant, often bi-colored flowers in shades of yellow, orange, pink, red and white.
In the fall, the foliage of Exbury Azaleas turns red, maroon, orange or golden yellow.

Weston’s Ribbon Candy

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These bushes work great planted behind spring blooming bulbs and summer flowering perennials. Once your azalea has finished blooming, it’s time for your perennials to shine. Unlike Evergreen Azaleas, they will tolerate full sun. Regular water is needed in the summer. Plant in a well-drained, acidic, non-compacted soil. At planting time, mix a generous amount of compost-such as our Garden Valley Planting Compost-into the soil.

Generally, other than removing the spent flowers, deciduous Azalea do not require much pruning. Trimming to maintain a desired size, or cutting back of longer branches that spoil the symmetry should be done right after the plant finishes blooming.

 

Some of the varieties available for 2017:

 

Gibraltar

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Cannon’s Double

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Cannon’s Double

Double Parfait

Gibraltar

Klondyke

Lemon Lights

Mandarin Lights

Ribbon Lights

Tri-Lights

Western Lights