Rhododendron forrestii, Azalea. Rhododendron x pruhonicianum
Rhododendron x pruhonicianum

Rhododendron forrestii

Family: Ericaceae
USDA Zone: 7-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Rhododendron forrestii (Azalea) is a small plant that can grow up to 5 feet tall. It requires regular watering and grows best in full sun conditions. The foliage is almost hidden by the glowing red, crimson, and vinous flowers that bloom in abundance when the weather warms up. This plant is cold hardy in USDA Zone 7-9.

To plant Rhododendron forrestii, it is best to wait until spring. Water regularly in the first season and apply a light, slow-release fertilizer. An ideal soil for this plant should be slightly acidic and well drained.

In cold regions, Rhododendron forrestii can be grown in containers and overwintered indoor. When planting in containers, ensure that the container chosen has drainage holes at the base to prevent waterlogging. Once planted, keep the soil moist by watering and feeding during the growing season. When containerizing, it is important to use a well-drained potting soil mix.

Elisabeth Hobbie is variety with short, glossy dark green leaves and loose clusters of bright crimson-scarlet, bell-shaped flowers that are 2 inches in width. It blooms from early spring.

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