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Brilliant Azalea
Rhododendron Southern Indica - 'Brilliant'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-9b   Find Your Zone >

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this azalea is not winder 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
 
‘Brilliant’ is a spectacular Southern Indica evergreen azalea that produces LOADS of large, ruffled, brilliant watermelon-red flowers in spring that nearly cover the attractive rich green foliage. Southern Indica Azaleas are recognized by many as the most heat and sun tolerant of all azaleas, performing well as far south as central Florida! For those that love large growing azaleas, Brilliant is the perfect choice; growing 6-8 feet tall and wide at maturity.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing to 6-8' tall and wide at maturity, ‘Brilliant’ Azalea is ideal for use as a specimen in many garden spaces and containers 12 inches in diameter or more. Plant it in small groupings to mass plantings or as a border along paths and walkways in larger landscape and woodland borders and home foundation plantings. A fine addition to Asian-theme gardens, Azalea gardens, cottage gardens, and partially shaded woodland gardens. 

Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedges;  10' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Evergreen Azaleas are easy to grow when planted right and in the right spot. They prefer a moist but well-drained and acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and part sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade or filtered sun is ideal. Moderate drought tolerance when established.



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful Azalea planting and care advice from our experts.



Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 8a-9b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  4-5' for solid hedges;  10'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Mounding, Rounded 
Growth Rate:  Moderate to Fast
Flower Color:  Brilliant Watermelon Red
Flower Size:  Large, 2.5 -3" flowers in clusters
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun, Mostly Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs:  Average, lower when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sandy (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low, Average
Attracts:  Butterflies, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Rabbits, Heat, Sun



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