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Rhododendron ‘Coccinea Speciosa’

Azalea

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Features

  • BloomsJune to July
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread1m to 2m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourBright orange red
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Rhododendron ‘Coccinea Speciosa’ (Azalea). A deciduous, bushy shrub with funnel-shaped, bright orange-red flowers in early summer. Has lance-shaped, dark green leaves turning red in autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Europe, N. America, Tibet and New Guinea

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, border, hedging

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°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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