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Dons Variegated Native Azalea - Rhododendron
There are very few variegated native azaleas and Don's Variegated, with its bright green leaves with creamy marbled flecks, is one of them. More details below!

Dons Variegated Native Azalea - Rhododendron

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Don's Variegated Native Azalea
Rhododendron austrinum  'Don's Variegated'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this native azalea variety is not winter hardy, you can enjoy it in containers that can be moved indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

There are very few variegated native azaleas and Don's Variegated, with its bright green leaves with creamy marbled flecks, is one of them. But its the bright orange blooms of this Rhodendron austrinum variety that really steals the show!

Don's Variegated is one of the first of the native azaleas to show color in the spring, usually starting to flower in late March and early April. It produces abundant trusses of large, fragrant, bright orange flowers borne before and while the leaves are emerging in spring. It tolerates heavy frost, freezing temperatures, drought, and hot and/or humid conditions, making it a perfect selection for gardens in the South.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Make sure to plant this one close to the home or outdoor living spaces so you can be sure to enjoy the wonderful color and fragrance of its flowers. Don's Variegated Rhododendron is perfect for use as a large shrub or small understory tree in woodland borders or other areas of the landscape that provide dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade. It also adapts well to growing in containers, planters or pots. 

Spacing:  We do not recommend as a hedge. Space plants 8' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Don's Variegated Native Azalea is very easy to grow. It prefers well-drained, moist, humus rich soil and dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade. Once established it is quite drought tolerant, requiring supplemental water only during prolonged periods of dry summer weather. Native azaleas are very low-maintenance, requiring little if any pruning. That said, occasionally we might prune a stray branch that is growing way outside the natural form of the plant, but not so much that it would spoil the natural form of this beautiful shrub. 

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Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  10-12'
Spacing:  5-6' for solid hedges; 13'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  Orange, Gold
Flower Size:  Medium, 2.5-3" long
Flowering Period:  Early Spring
Flower Type:  Single, Trumpet-shape
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Medium Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Dappled Shade, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, 
Water Needs:  Average, Lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.5 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Heat, Humidity, Insect, Shade

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5 Stars
Excited to see blooms
Very attractive azalea, even out of bloom. Although I won't experience flowering until next year, I'm very impressed with the photos. Further, the plant arrived in very vigorous health and larger than expected. It's very happy in its new home and rooting in nicely.The Packaging and service was great also
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Reviewed by:  from Big Lake. on 7/7/2015
4 Stars
Am pleased with the plants and the service. When the plants arrived they didn't have any leaves but did have buds on them. The orange flowers are very nice. After the leaves emerged I saw they had some variegation on them but thought they might have more. maybe they will as they grow? The variegation that is there looks nice. Am deciding if I want to get the yellow Admiral Semmes to go beside them. Yellow and orange would look nice together.
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Reviewed by:  from Albany, GA. on 4/18/2015

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