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RHODODENDRON 'Pink Imperial'

Image of Rhododendron 'Pink Imperial'

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON 'Pink Imperial'

Plant Common Name

Evergreen Azalea

General Description

Showy clusters of intense purplish red flowers adorn this evergreen azalea in late spring. The flaring funnel-shaped blooms have frilled edges. This upright medium-sized shrub has small rounded leaves. This cultivar is one of many hybridized by R. P. Mayo of Augusta, Georgia. It is the result of a cross between a Kurume hybrid and a hybrid of the Japanese native Rhododendron indicum. This somewhat cold-tender azalea prefers partial shade and highly organic acid soil that is evenly moist but well-drained. Plant it shallowly and mulch well to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. It does best with warm summers and cool winters. Do any necessary pruning directly after the flowers fade, before next year's buds form. Try to site it where it will not need to be pruned back. It is excellent for Japanese gardens, bonsai, and mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No