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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 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 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

Don's Variegated Native Azalea is ideal for use as a specimen or in groupings in woodland borders or other areas of the landscape that provide dappled shade and moist but well-drained soils rich in organic matter. It's smaller size to 6-8 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide makes Don's Variegated Native Azalea a great choice for smaller garden spaces and containers. A fine selection for fragrance gardens, Azalea gardens, woodland gardens, native plant gardens, and cottage gardens. 

Spacing:  We do not suggest planting this beauty as a hedge. Space plants 14' or more for space between plants



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 growing way outside the natural form of the plant, but not so much that it would spoil the natural form of this beautiful shrub. 



Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get 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:  6-8'
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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