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Klondyke Azalea

Rhododendron 'Klondyke'

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Klondyke Azalea (Rhododendron 'Klondyke') at Moana Nursery

Klondyke Azalea flowers

Klondyke Azalea flowers

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Group/Class:  Exbury Hybrids

Description:

A stunning variety with extraordinary coral and yellow blooms with golden blotch that cover the branches in mid spring; showy when massed in a border; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil.

Ornamental Features

Klondyke Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of lightly-scented coral-pink trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow overtones and a gold blotch at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy narrow leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Klondyke Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Klondyke Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Klondyke Azalea will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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