Mandarin Lights Azalea

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Intense Orange! Northern Lights™ Mandarin Lights Azalea

  • Brilliant Mandarin-Orange Blooms
  • Tall Trusses of Showy Flowers
  • Trumpet-Shaped & Fragrant!
  • Spring Color Show
  • Deciduous Azalea
  • Bright Green Foliage
  • Yellow and Bronze-Red Fall Color
  • Attract Bees Butterflies & Hummingbirds!
  • Moist, Well-Drained Soil
  • Prefers Acidic Soil
  • Superior Cold Hardiness

The amazing new NORTHERN LIGHTS™ Mandarin Lights Azalea (Rhododendron x 'Mandarin Lights'), is a glorious deciduous Azalea that is perfectly suited to colder growing zones! With absolutely stunning, bright mandarin-orange flowers that are lightly scented. The color show each spring and early summer, this Azalea display is sure to knock your socks off!

Each sweet, lightly fragrant, reddish-orange bloom is trumpet-shaped and appears in gorgeously full clusters, high atop tall trusses. Bursting onto the scene with an explosion of juicy color even before the leaves have woken up from their winter sleep.

The massive displays of bright, mandarin-orange blooms are irresistible to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds! These pollinators will thank you for the spring buffet and everyone will benefit from the bold color show after such a dreary winter!

Naturally having an upright and rounded form, Mandarin Lights has shiny oval foliage that is a bright green all growing season. This lovely green presence is the perfect backdrop to smaller perennials and shrubs in the landscape.

The Northern Lights™ line of Azalea also has showy, bronze-red to yellow fall foliage that is simply gorgeous in the dappled sun! Extending the color display right up until winter!

How to Use Northern Lights™ Mandarin Lights Azalea In The Landscape

Northern Lights™ Mandarin Lights Azalea is an exceptional addition to your garden beds for that juicy burst of early spring color! Formal and informal gardens both benefit from the clean, upright form and tidy growing habit.

This moderately-sized shrub has a mounding form, with lustrous green foliage. Making it an excellent accent plant, or for mass plantings to really draw the eye with that spring display! Mixing wonderfully with other mid-sized shrubs along rock walls and fences.

Northern Lights™ Azalea will not overwhelm other plants. It's just the right size for mixed-shrub borders. Plus, Mandarin Lights has a curb-appeal amplifying impact on your foundation plantings!

Add to perimeter plantings as a lovely screen or hedge for privacy. Mandarin Lights Azalea is a natural addition as an understory planting beneath large trees, shady groves and on the verges of wildlands or naturalistic landscapes.

A traditional choice for Asian-inspired gardens, the bold color makes Mandarin Lights a beacon in the landscape and a perfect focal point for reflecting pools and water gardens.

Your containers won't miss out either, since this modest-sized Azalea also looks and performs wonderfully as a stand-alone specimen in pots and planters alike!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Mandarin Lights Azalea is one of the renowned Northern Lights series of very cold-hardy Azaleas bred in Minnesota. It was designed in order to bring this glorious warm-climate shrub all the way into zone 4 through 7.

Northern Lights™ Mandarin Lights Azalea needs to be situated in filtered sunlight or in part sun to part shade sites, although plants tolerate full sun in areas with cooler summers.

These Alazlea need moist soil, with excellent drainage, good mulching, and a peat moss soil additive. Roots will rot in poorly drained soil, however once established, they can tolerate occasional drought. Azaleas have fine, shallow root systems, so well-drained soil and protective mulch are a must!

Mulch Mandarin Lights well and avoid disturbing its roots, which remain very near the surface. A good layer of 3-4 inches thick over the entire root zone keeps the roots cool, moist and insulated.

Preferring acidic soils (5.0-6.0 pH), it is best to feed twice a year with an acid fertilizer such as Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Premium Fertilizer. Plant in soil that is ideally very rich in organic matter.

Protect Mandarin Lights Azalea since they do not fare well in windy sites or in the drying northern winter winds. Positioning them against homes, garages, or walls and fences for that extra buffer from the gales.

It's best to prune only right after the flowers are done so the new growth that develops after flowering will make flower buds for next spring.

Get your landscape ready today for the fabulous addition of Northern Lights™ Mandarin Lights Azalea, so you too can enjoy their deliciously, juicy color tomorrow! Order your own vibrant spring plants from the Azalea experts at Nature Hills Nursery before this amazing plant sells out!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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50 - 69.99 24.99
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100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
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Mandarin Lights Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron x 'Mandarin Lights'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 5 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Orange
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes