Azalea ( Rhododendron ) 'Pink Ruffle' - Belgian Hybrid
Pink Ruffle Azalea is a very attractive mid sized Azalea shrub with beautiful medium green evergreen foliage, and a huge explosion of 3" diameter light violet pink colored blooms. Blooms are superb throughout the spring, but Pink Ruffle is also well known to re-bloom again ( though not as heavily ) again in the fall. The big distinguishing feature that we feel sets the Pink Ruffle Azalea apart from most other pink tone Azaleas is the frilly "ruffled" edges all over each & every bloom. Very formal, elegant looking blooms indeed. Newer foliage growth is very bright green, and matures into a slightly darker shade of green......providing a good contrast & background for the multitude of brightly colored blooms of this hybrid Azalea variety.
Popular uses for Pink Ruffle include foundation plantings, colorful accents or borders, and also works very well in container gardening. Have even seen this variety used as an understory planting under the shady canopies of larger shade trees.
Like all Azaleas, Pink Ruffle prefers semi shade, and will even do well in planting locations with mostly shade. Shallow, non aggressive root system makes them a great foundation planting choice, and can even be planted closely together for use as a colorful hedge. This fairly shallow root system however, also requires that Azaleas be given regular waterings - be sure that your Azaleas receive water equivalent to about 1" of rainfall each & every week throughout the growing season.
Plant Facts & Specifications
2 - 4 ft
2 - 4 ft
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )
7b - 10 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below - or check out our Hardiness Zone Map & Information Page )
Partial to mostly shade
Average to cool moist & fertile. Mulching strongly recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture:
Evergreen - nice medium green elongated leaves that have a more distinct pointed tip at the end than many Azalea varieties do. Somewhat of a leathery appearance to mature foliage.
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts:
Flowers - large numbers of bright violet / red colored blooms that typically measure 3" in diameter.
--Diseases / Insects:
Some of the more commonly seen pests to try & bother azaleas would be Bark Scale, Azalea lace Bugs, Leafminers, and occasionally Whiteflies. Diseases are generally not a problem, but the following have been noted in many of the Southern / warmer zones where extensive humidity & moisture can cause some of the following: Azalea gall, powdery mildew, rust, and twig blights.
2 - 2 1/2 ft apart recommended for hedge planting
--Deer Resistance Rating:
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding:
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend POOPeas for use with all of our Azalea varieties. However, either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular fertilizers ( Rhododendron / Azalea / Camellia food ) are also good options. Most any granular fertilizers with a 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio are also acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. POOPeas may be used at anytime.
--Recommended Planting Instructions:
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--Packing & Shipping Info:
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Additional Information & Characteristics:
--Container / Patio Gardening :
Azaleas make a great choice for use in container or patio gardening, as well as in flower boxes due to their non-aggressive root system.