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RHODODENDRON 'Pink Lights'

Image of Rhododendron 'Pink Lights' (NORTHERN LIGHTS SERIES)

Mark Kane

Family

Ericaceae

Botanical Name

RHODODENDRON 'Pink Lights'( NORTHERN LIGHTS SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Deciduous Azalea

General Description

Valued for their extreme hardiness and their colorful spring flowers, the Northern Lights Series is a group of hybrid deciduous azaleas developed by the University of Minnesota. The intensely fragrant, pale pink, trumpet-shaped blooms of 'Pink Lights' appear in dense trusses from mid- to late spring. Their upper lobes bear yellow-pink flecks. This broad rounded medium-sized shrub has oval olive-green leaves that turn maroon in fall.

Plant this azalea in full to partial sun in acidic humus-rich soil. Excellent drainage is required. An airy organic mulch will keep the shallow roots moist and cool. Northern Lights azaleas are wonderful specimens for cold-climate gardens, best shown off against dark evergreens such as hemlocks. They are also lovely mixed together for a breathtaking spring display of contrasting flower colors.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Burgundy

  • Bark Color

    Chocolate

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • 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

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No