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Dons Variegated Native Azalea - Rhododendron - 3 Gallon Pot
There are very few native azaleas with variegated leaves, and with its bright green leaves with creamy marbled flecks, Don's Variegated is one of them. But its the bright flower clusters of this Rhodendron austrinum variety that really steals the show. Get all the details below!

Dons Variegated Native Azalea - Rhododendron - 3 Gallon Pot

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SIZE: 3 GALLON POT

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

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone 

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6a, where this native azalea variety is not reliably 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 native azaleas with variegated leaves, and with its bright green leaves with creamy marbled flecks, Don's Variegated is one of them. But its the bright flower clusters 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. Tolerating heavy frost, drought, and hot and humid conditions, Don's Variegated is a perfect selection for gardens in the South.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, Don's Variegated Native Azalea is a ideal for use as a specimen or in groupings in partially shaded landscape borders, home foundation plants and woodland borders. Also nice in pots, planters and other containers. A fine addition to fragrance gardens, Azalea gardens, orange theme gardens, woodland gardens, native plant gardens, and cottage gardens. 

Suggested Spacing:  8 feet or more apart for space between plants. We do not suggest planting this beauty as a hedge.




Cultural Preferences

Don's Variegated Native Azalea is very easy to grow in moist but well-drained, 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 spoiling the natural beauty of the plant.



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant and care for native azaleas.




Plant Details 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone 
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-10'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  8'+ 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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