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Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’

Azalea

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  • Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height0.3m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPale blue
  • Leaf ColourYellow green

Description

Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ (Azalea). This is a dwarf, compact, evergreen shrub producing small, yellow-green leaves when young, then medium green when mature. Clusters of funnel-shaped, blue flowers are borne in early spring and mid spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Europe, N. America, Tibet and New Guinea

Interest and use

Suits a rock garden in full sun.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilClay, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH4.5 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

There are many species but they all share the same general cultivation needs. They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 4-7C and will prefer dappled shade, but a considerable number will tolerate full sun, especially in cool climates. They will need loose open, well-aerated, acidic soil with plenty of humus to retain moisture. In wet areas or gardens with alkaline soil you should plant them in raised beds. Shallow planting is essential, as plants are surface-rooting. Dead-head spent flowers, wherever practical, to encourage energy into growth rather than seed production.

Propagation

Propagate by simple layering, dropping or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Yellowing leaves are usually caused by poor drainage, excessively deep planting or lime in soil. Weevils and powdery mildew may also cause problems.

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