Crimson Princess Azalea
Rhododendron 'Crimson Princess'
Crimson Princess Azalea foliage
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5
Other Names: Indica Azalea
Grown primarily for foliage as it does not bloom; stunning crimson new foliage matures to burgundy on this dwarf variety; an excellent foundation plant; needs highly acidic and organic soil that is well drained
Crimson Princess Azalea has burgundy foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The glossy narrow leaves remain burgundy throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Crimson Princess Azalea is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Crimson Princess Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Crimson Princess Azalea will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
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