NATIVE AZALEA 'RHODODENDRON ALABAMANSE' White with Blade of Lt. Yellow SUMMER BLOOMS or SOMMERVILLE BRIGHT YELLOW Zone 5
- Rhododendron Alabamanse Family: Ericaceae (heath Family)
Alabamanse azalea blooms white with blades of Lt. Yellow, spectacularly showy flowers in mid to late summer OR Sommerville variety is Bright Yellow
- Frangrant. Lemon-spice fragrance most evident.
- Flower colors are variable between shrubs, and may be salmon pink, orange or crimson red. The individual flowers are funnel shaped, with a tube about 2 in (5 cm) long, and an opening almost 2 in (5 cm) across. They are borne in clusters of 5-8. The pistil and five stamens are very long, extending 2-3 in (5-7.5 cm) beyond the petals. The flowers are not fragrant.
- Deciduous. Alabamanse azalea is a deciduous shrub that gets 5-6 ft high with a spread of 5-6 ft.
- DISTRIBUTION: Rhododendron Alabamanse has a very small geographic distribution, occurring naturally only in southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. It is usually found in forested, sandy ravines along streams that drain towards the Chattahoochee River.
Moisture: Like the other southeastern American rhododendrons likes a moist, sandy, acidic soil. The soil should not be allowed to completely dry out. Never add lime.
- Hardiness: USDA Zones 5. Although plumleaf azalea can be grown in zone 5, it performs best further south.
- Propagation: Alabamanse azalea can be grown from seed collected after allowing the capsules to dry on the plant. Young, fast growing stem tip cuttings taken in spring can be started in moist sand. Semi-ripe cuttings can be rooted in autumn.
Plumleaf azalea belongs in a woodland garden, perhaps along a creek or semi-shaded pathway. Plant two or three under a big live oak, or some tall pines. Blooming in mid-season May-June, after so many flowering shrubs have petered out, Alabamanse azalea is very welcome in the garden. This is a favorite native azalea!
There are literally thousands of named rhododendron species, varieties, hybrids and cultivars. Various species occur in North America, Europe, Asia (especially India, Burma, Tibet and southwestern China), and even in New Guinea. Some are trees to 100 ft (30 m) tall, some are ground creepers less than a foot (30 cm) tall, and some are even epiphytic on other plants. Many are fabulous ornamentals, cherished by gardeners everywhere. The Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening devotes 48 pages of very small type to the Rhododendron genus!
Plants are shipped out on Mondays,Tuesdays,Wednesdays, and
take great care in wrapping plants to assure they arrive safely, but
sometimes the Post Office gets careless and damages the package. I only
ship plants to lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Protectorates, and
APO/FPO address no international shipping at this time, but am working
on same on a country by country basis! If there are any certificates,
special regulations for your state, or special shipping costs above and
beyond what normally occurs in my regular shipping to the lower 48
states...buyer is responsible to tell me and pay any additional costs
incurred...as an example I just shipped to Puerto Rico, though with no
problem...I'm thinking, if I ship to Alaska, for instance, I would need
to do that during the summer and add heat packs...again, up to the buyer
to tell me what is necessary, as you have received shipments before and
you know better what is needed!!