Azalea - George L. Taber / Size 1
George L Taber Azalea / Rhododendron

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Product Code: AZLGLT1

Azalea ( Rhododendron ) 'George L. Taber'

Overall Description

George Taber Azalea is one of the larger Azalea varieties we grow, with mature sizes of 6 - 8 ft tall by 5 - 6 ft wide not uncommon at all. They can, of course, be kept at much shorter heights if desired through regular pruning maintenance. George Taber makes a really good choice for hedging, and the larger size allows for a much, much more vivid color display when in full bloom.

Also known to be a very good re-bloomer, with huge waves of blooms in early thru mid spring, and then more blooms again in autumn. Has shown slightly better cold hardiness than many varieties of Southern Indica Azaleas, probably due to it's slightly larger overall size.

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. We also highly recommend mulching them in heavily upon planting, and freshening the mulch layer annually.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 6 - 9 ft ( if left to grow naturally )

--Mature Width : 4 - 6 ft ( if left to grow naturally )

--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 6" - 8" 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 :
Semi-evergreen - slightly larger leaves than most of the Azalea varieties we grow, with a good green color, and elongated with a more distinct tip to the leaf.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers - masses of light pastel orchid ( nearly white ) blooms with a deep rose colored throat, and rose pink speckles, giving an almost variegated look to the blooms.

--Diseases / Insects :
Some of the more commonly seen pests to try & bother azaleas would be Bark Scale, Azalea lace Bugs, Leafminers, and occasionally white flies. 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 :
3 - 4 ft apart recommended for hedge or mass plantings

--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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