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Florida Flame Native Azalea - Rhododendron
Florida Flame is one of the most heat and humidity tolerant of all the deciduous Rhododenrons. More details below!

Florida Flame Native Azalea - Rhododendron

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Florida Flame Native Azalea
Rhododendron austrinum  'Florida Flame'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  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

Florida Flame is one of the most heat and humidity tolerant of all the deciduous Rhododenrons. For several weeks in early spring, it dominates the landscape with its breathtakingly brilliant golden blossoms. The showy flowers are golden yellow trumpets, often blushed red or peach at the base, and held in radially symmetric clusters at the stem tips. The pistil and red stamens extend about 1 inch beyond the mouth in a graceful upward curve. The flowers produce a delightful honeysuckle-like fragrance that is enjoyed by butterflies, hummingbirds and humans alike. Very lustrous dark green leaves turn orange-bronze in fall. The handsome leaves are exceptionally mildew free. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

Florida Flame can be grown as a shrub or small tree to about 6-8 feet in height with a spread of 5-6 feet or so. It is perfect for use in woodland borders or other shady to partially shaded areas.  Florida Flame Rhododendron is perfect for use as a medium-sized 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

Florida Flame 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. 



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-10b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Flower Color:  Bright Yellow, Orange & Red
Flower Size:  Medium, 1.5-2" 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, Water often during drought
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.0 (Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Heat, Humidity, Insect, Shade



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