Compact Korean Azalea
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A delicate-looking Accent that’s deceptively durable! Compact Korean Azalea presents an ethereal appearance with its soft lavender-pink blossoms and its dainty branching pattern, but don’t let that fool you. It can soldier on through winters where the mercury drops to -25ºF! Even homeowners in cold climates can invite this hardy beauty into their landscapes and delight in growing a plant normally relegated to the Southeast and Northwest. You’ll relish the sweet blooms in spring and the nice springtime fall color. The flowers have a light perfume, too, so plant Compact Korean Azalea near a path or patio, so you and your guests can appreciate the gentle fragrance.
The Korean Azalea is native to—you guessed it—Korea, where it favors cool mountainsides and open forests. The Japanese have also enjoyed this species in their gardens for centuries. It took a while for it to make its way into the West, but European plant explorers finally brought it back home in 1905. Because of its excellent hardiness and all-around good looks, it has been used extensively in breeding programs. The Compact Korean Azalea has not been hybridized with other species—it is simply a smaller version of the wild type.
In addition to pretty lilac-pink flowers in spring, Compact Korean Azalea supplies a pleasing splash of color in autumn when the green leaves turn bronzy red. In very mild climates the foliage will hold all winter, but in most regions it will be semi-evergreen.
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. Azalea lace bug can sometimes be an issue, but specimens grown in optimal conditions in most cases will remain healthy and resistant to attack. Of the hundreds of Azaleas available, Compact Korean Azalea is one of the toughest, and it’s the first choice of landscapers in places like the Midwest, where growing Azaleas can be challenging.
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