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Dynamite! Hino Crimson Azalea will create an explosion of color in your landscape. Few plants make an impact like this show stopping Accent. When pleasant spring days are upon us, Hino Crimson opens its small but plentiful flowers, the blooms a saturated, intense pink color—nearly red. Use it as a fiery foundation filler, an eye-popping patio plant, or an electric entryway element. Tiny evergreen leaves and a low, tight habit give this handsome Accent a sleek look during summer, fall, and winter, too. When it’s not on fire, it’s cool as a cucumber!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Hybrid Evergreen Azaleas are the glorious result of years of patient breeding work done using countless species and forms of these spectacular Accents. Because of the efforts of so many professional and amateur plant lovers, we now have a rainbow of colors to choose from when selecting Azaleas for our homes. Hino Crimson is part of the Kurume Group of Azaleas, the first of which originated in Japan. Hino Crimson was developed here in the U.S. by Vermeulen & Sons Nursery of Neshanic Station, New Jersey. Vermeulen has closed its doors, but it has left a legacy in the form of many fine plant introductions.
One issue that Azaleas sometimes face is Azalea lace bug, an insect pest that causes stippling of the leaves and weakening of the plant. According to research out of Virginia, Hino Crimson is one variety that shows strong resistance to Azalea lace bug attacks. Choosing selections with built-in resistance is the most effective and least toxic way to deal with these troublesome pests.
How to Grow
Azaleas appreciate a little pampering. They thrive when shielded from hot summer sun and given moist but well-drained, acidic soil. They never like to dry out but don’t care for soggy conditions, either. Azaleas can “burn” from harsh chemical fertilizers, so feed with a gentle organic product like Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer. If pruning is needed, do it immediately after blooming, as next year’s flower buds are formed in summer. Of all the Azaleas on the market, Hino Crimson is one of the most adaptable. It is hardy to -10ºF and can be successfully grown in many parts of the country.
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