Cannon's Double Exbury Azalea
Elegant! Cannon’s Double Exbury Azalea will grace your garden with sophisticated, sensational blooms. When spring days turn balmy and it’s a joy to be outside, this exquisite Accent will make the time you spend relaxing on your porch, patio, or lounge chair even sweeter. Each mesmerizing flower is a complex mix of pale creamy yellow, soft pink, and a deeper coral-pink, the colors gently blending into one another like a watercolor painting. Cannon’s Double has a light, fresh fragrance, too. So easy to integrate into your partly shaded borders, and a delight to behold each spring!
Deciduous Azaleas are the showboats of late spring, decadent Accents that offer delightful, funnel-shaped flowers in a rainbow of colors. Many of these are hybrid selections, carefully bred from among several different species from Asia and America. Cannon’s Double Exbury Azalea is one such hybrid Azalea. A passionate amateur plant breeder brought this one to life. The late Cliff Cannon of Olympia, Washington, crossed two Azaleas named Corneille and Cecile to produce this beaut. Double flowers have double the number of petals (or more) of regular flowers. In Azaleas, these are also called “hose-in-hose” flowers.
But wait, there’s more! Many Deciduous Azaleas supply not only sensational spring flowers but also striking fall color, and Cannon’s Double Exbury Azalea is no exception. When nights turn frosty, this star takes the stage again, putting on a brilliant show of purple and red foliage.
How to Grow
Deciduous Azaleas aren’t hard to grow, but it can be a little tricky to keep them looking sharp throughout the season. One issue they have is powdery mildew, which doesn’t kill the plant, but leaves a white film on the foliage. Cannon’s Double Exbury Azalea shows good resistance to powdery mildew. To further guard against this affliction, provide your plant with the best possible growing conditions. Avoid extremes—give it good light but no hot afternoon sun, moist but not soggy soil, good air circulation but no strong winds. In addition, the soil should be rich with organic matter, well-drained, and acidic. Mulch to conserve moisture.
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