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Rhododendron x 'Midnight Flare'

 
Rhododendron x 'Midnight Flare'
Nursery specimen, just planted, pre-haircut
azalea
A single out-of-season bloom in late June
Rhododendron x 'Midnight Flare'
Next March – once again a single flower

Common name azalea
Family ericaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers red (spring)
Size 3-4'
Light part shade
Cultural notes rich soil, not too dry, acidic preferred

Evergreen azalea with glossy deep-green leaves and bright true-red flowers that are all the more striking because they are not double and fluffy. Not that I've seen a season of bloom yet – I purchased a spindly nursery specimen that will need some TLC to thrive. For now, I gave it a good haircut and stuck it in a cushy spot in the north foundation border, where it will get morning sun and shade through the hottest part of the day. It rewarded me with an odd single flower in late June, and another single flower in March of the following year – so the show has been underwhelming thus far, even though the flowers are quite nice. Some acidifying fertilizer wouldn't hurt – I'll put that on my to-do list.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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