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Azalea 'Blue Danube'

Azalea 'Blue Danube'

Description: A mass of large striking bluish-violet flowers with vivid reddish-purple midribs and deep red spotting in April/May provides a colourful display Dark evergreen foliage looks good all year.

Uses: Ideal in a woodland situation in the shade and as it has low growing habit it is perfect for containers and for the front of a mixed border.

Climate/Position: Prefers light shade or sun.

Height/Spread: 50-80cm in 10 years, flat growing habit.

Soil Requirements: An ericaceous plant requiring well drained, light and acid soil. Mulch annually with leaf mould to help protect roots from drying out.

Pruning: No pruning required.

Special Requirements: Shallow planting is essential to Azaleas as they are shallow rooting.

Additional Interest: Azalea are a variety of Rhododendron that will produce very colourful shrubs in Spring/Summer. Flowers have 5 stamens whereas rhododendron have 10 stamens or more.

Introduced by breeder Van Hecke a hybrid of Malvaticum x kaempferi.  May also be listed as Rhododendron.