Orchid Lights Azalea

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If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line there is a good chance you only see Azaleas when you're watching the Master's golf tournament on television. (The fabled Augusta National Golf Course is world-renowned for its Azalea display that photographs so well for the tournament.)

Now, we can't guarantee that we can make your garden look like Augusta National, but we are proud to introduce you to an outstanding Azalea that you can enjoy in your own garden! Then allow us to introduce you to the Orchid Lights Azalea (Rhododendron x 'Orchid Lights')!

Every spring Orchid Lights covers itself with large clusters of orchid-purple flowers that are huge for Azaleas - up to 1 1/2 inches across! Quickly covered in butterflies and beneficial pollinators, the gorgeous blossoms will light up your garden!

Part of the Northern Lights™ Series, this more compactly growing selection only gets about 2 to 3 feet tall and about the same in width. Orchid Lights is a dwarf mounded shrub that can live for upwards of 40 years, so while they may not be the fastest-growing, these are in it for the long haul!

Rising above the stems, before the green foliage emerges in spring, Orchid Lights is just smothered in stunning clusters of gorgeous trumpet-shaped lavender flowers! Each lovely curled petal is spotted with adorable fuchsia freckles that sparkle in the sunlight!

The fantastic green leaves emerge after the flowers and hold on until hard frosts return, taking on a wonderful bronzy-purple hue before dropping in winter.

How to Use Orchid Lights Azalea In The Landscape

Sublime foundation plants, Orchid Lights Azaleas lighten the early spring landscape and add a burst of color and curb appeal to your home!

The lustrous green foliage makes 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 where they will be protected.

Add to perimeter plantings as a lovely screen or hedge for privacy. Orchid 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 soothing color makes Orchid Lights a beacon in the landscape and a perfect focal point for reflecting pools and water gardens.

Plant several to anchor a perennial and mixed-shrub planting or borders. Wonderful in groupings to create garden vignettes or as low-privacy hedges. Orchid Lights is also beautiful as a stand-alone specimen plant!

Perfectly sized for patio pots and balcony containers, Azalea is easy-care and low maintenance, fitting neatly among a wide range of other ornamental plants. Loving acidic soils, Orchid Lights work great among larger trees as an underplanting and mixing among evergreen shrubs.

  • Lavender-Orchid-Colored Blooms
  • Large Clusters Each Spring & Darker Fuschia Speckles on Petals
  • One of the Earliest in the Northern Lights™ Series to bloom
  • Dwarf Compact Deciduous Shrub
  • Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Pollinators!
  • Compact & Rounded Form
  • Bronzy Purple Fall Color
  • Wonderful Foundation Plant

#ProPlantTips For Care

Orchid Lights Azalea is best grown in acidic, organically enriched soil. The Azalea Orchid Lights is one of the Northern Lights™ series of very cold-hardy Azaleas bred in Minnesota. and the earliest to bloom in spring! It was designed in order to bring this glorious warm-climate shrub all the way into zone 4!

Azalea requires medium moisture but well-drained soils in part shade. Morning sun with afternoon shade is advised for warmer growing zones, they love filtered sunlight or light shade, although they do fine in full sun in cool summer areas.

Acidify soils as needed and do not allow their root systems to dry out or sit in water. Poor drainage will lead to root rot in Azalea, therefore raised beds or berming is best. If puddles remain on your soil after rain or watering, consider elevating the planting area. Add 18 - 24 inches of soil above the native soil line and plant your tree directly in that mound.

Don't prune Azaleas after mid-summer because those branches produce the next season's flowers but do deadhead as soon as the blooms in spring are done for a clean, tidy look.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the fibrous root system from heat and chill. Plant Azalea in a location protected from strong winds and drying northern winds in colder growing zones.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Thrives in Moist Soil!
  • Supremely Cold Hardy!
  • Prune After Flowering Only
  • Dwarf Deciduous Shrub

No matter whether you're a "Master" or not, Orchid Lights will make your gardening skill look like a pro! Be sure to order your own Northern Lights™ Orchid Lights Azaleas from Nature Hills Nursery today for bright springs tomorrow!

Azalea and Rhododendron Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to plant an Azalea bush?

Azaleas and Rhododendrons prefer partial shade (both dappled shade all day or morning sun with afternoon shade). Plant in a slightly acidic, consistently moist, enriched and well-drained soil location for best results. Their shallow roots dislike soggy soil but thrive with a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch over their surface.

How big does an Azalea bush get?

Orchid Lights Azalea can reach 2-3 feet tall and wide in optimal conditions.

Are Azalea bushes low maintenance?

Azalea and Rhododendron shrubs are very easy to grow and low-maintenance. Water during drought, prune only after flowering and fertilize with an acid-loving organic, slow-release flowering plant fertilizer.

What is the difference between Rhododendrons and Azaleas?

All Azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all Rhodondendrons are Azaleas. Azalea tends to be smaller-sized with smaller leaves and stems, while Rhododendrons can be larger with stout branching and larger bloom trusses. There can both be either deciduous or broad-leaved evergreens.

How Do I Find Azalea and Rhododendron Bushes for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for Azaleas at NatureHills.com online nursery. You'll find a massive selection of flowering bushes for sale, including many lovely varieties!

Choose the right shrub for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

Place your order, knowing it's backed by the Nature Hills Nursery product guarantee and protected by Plant Sentry™, which helps ensure regulated plant materials aren't sent to prohibited areas.

Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest to ship through and into.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and don'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Azaleas for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Orchid Lights Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron x 'Orchid Lights'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Moist
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes