Gibraltar Azalea 3gal

Gibraltar Azalea 3gal

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Gibraltar azalea is a deciduous flowering shrub. Plant taxonomy classifies these orange azaleas as Rhododendron 'Gibraltar.' Occasionally, you will see the name written as Rhododendron x 'Gibraltar' (the insertion of the "x" in the name calls attention to the fact that this is a hybrid plant). The shrub is part of the Exbury group of hybrids. The parents of Exbury hybrids are of diverse geographical origins.

Gibraltar azalea plants produce clusters (called "trusses," technically) of funnel-shaped, bright orange flowers with ruffled petals in May (in a zone 5 garden). Flowers precede leaves. Plants can achieve a height of five to six feet after 10 years if not pruned to minimize their vertical growth; with their upright growth habit, the width tends to be less than the height.

Planting Instructions

These bushes are suitable for planting zones 5-8. Grow in filtered sunlight or partial sun and well-drained soil with an acidic soil pH. If your soil type is clay, work in soil amendments such as compost to improve drainage before trying to grow this plant.

Uses in Landscaping

Because these orange azaleas bear colorful flowers in spring, some prefer them as specimen plants. When used in a woodland garden, plant them in a relatively sunny spot.