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Varnadoes Phlox Pink Native Azalea - Rhododendron
An exceptional variety of the "Piedmont Azalea" that starts blooming at a very young age, Varnadoe's Phlox Pink Rhododendron is a time tested, heat and humidity tolerant native azalea. More details below

Varnadoes Phlox Pink Native Azalea - Rhododendron

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Varnadoe's Phlox Pink Native Azalea
Rhododendron canescens  'Varnadoe Phlox Pink'

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

An exceptional variety of the "Piedmont Azalea" that starts blooming at a very young age, Varnadoe's Phlox Pink Rhododendron is a time tested, heat and humidity tolerant native azalea. In spring, it produces full trusses of large, fragrant, bright to light pink, flower buds that open to soft pink to white honeysuckle-like, trumpet-shape flowers that light up and fill the garden with a wonderful, spicy aroma.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Varnadoes Phlox Pink 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 grows 10-12 feet tall and wide and is 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 8' or more for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Varnadoes Phlox Pink 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 or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity:  10-12'
Spacing: 6' for solid hedges; 13'+ for space between plants
Flower Color:  Pink
Flower Size:  Medium, 2.5-3" long
Flowering Period:  Early Spring
Flower Type:  Single, Trumpet-shape
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes, extremely fragrant!
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 to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Heat, Humidity, Insect, Shade



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