Performing equally well in full sun or partial shade, this deciduous azalea lights up your garden with vivid blooms in early spring before the leaves have emerged. The eye-catching effect of its early flowers is especially effective when planted at the edge of a woodland border, so that it's color lights up a darker area. It's generally easy to care for, but will not tolerate prolonged periods of drought, so be especially careful to water the first few seasons if establishing in a drier shady area. Once established, it'll display its seemingly magical color show without fail. Bred at the University of Minnesota for particular cold hardiness and compact habit. Rhododendron 'Mandarin Lights'
Rhododendron 'Mandarin Lights'
Sun Exposure:Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height/Habit:4 - 5 feet
Spread:36 - 48 inches
Spacing:36 - 48 inches
Flowering Date:Mid to late spring
Planting Instructions:Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots. Spread roots around and fill in with dirt so that the crown is at soil level.
Winter Care:A winter mulch is advantageous in northern zones. Remove in early spring before growth starts.
Growth Rate:Slow to moderate once established, which takes approximately 6 - 8 weeks
Flower Form:1 1/2" flowers in trusses of up to 30 trumpet shaped blooms.
Foliage Type:Attractive green summer foliage. Deciduous in winter.
Pruning:To shape and remove dead wood after flowering