Azalea - Duchess of Cypress / Size 1
Duchess of Cypress Azalea / Rhododendron

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Product Code: AZLDOC1

Azalea ( Rhododendron ) 'Duchess of Cypress'

Overall Description

Duchess of Cypress Azalea is one of the smaller, more compact growing varieties we have chosen to grow, which keeps the trimming & maintenance to a minimum.......always nice, lol. But the real distinguishing feature of this variety are the multicolored / speckled blooms produced in great quantity. Blooms are a very attractive combination of white & pink, with very small spots or "speckles" of darker pink / fuchsia closer to the center throat of each bloom. They also are one of the more fragrant Azalea blooms....although nothing overpowering, by any means.

Foliage is also much smaller, and very glossy dark green.....not typical of too many Azalea varieties either. Like all Azaleas, Duchess of Cypress 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

--Mature Height : 3 - 4 ft

--Mature Width : 3 - 4 ft

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 4" - 6" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
8 - 10.....some 7b zone locations if planted in sheltered locations away from cold wintry winds

--Sun Exposure :
Partial to mostly shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to cool moist & fertile. Mulching strongly recommended

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - nice dark green oval shaped leaves that are smaller than the typical species.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - large numbers of variegated white & pink blooms are produced each spring......with additional smaller "waves" of blooms produced later in the season ( early to mid fall ). Blooms also have darker pink / fuchsia speckles around the center of each bloom.

--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.

--Recommended Spacing :
2 - 3 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 a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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