Fireball Azalea

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Deciduous Azaleas have long been favorites of landscapers and small-scale gardeners for years. It's not hard to see why with its graceful growing habit and bright colors. Fireball Azalea (Rhododendron 'Fireball') is no different and brings its own flare! Fireball's leaves that emerge bronze-red mature to mid-green by summer!

This shrub flowers at nearly the same time as it's unfurling its leaves, giving your garden an interesting early spring twist. While your neighbors are patiently waiting for their own flowering bushes to start showing signs of color, yours will already be all but drowning in vibrant orange-red fluffy-looking petals. Meanwhile, the leaves emerge bronze-red themselves, meaning Fireball is quite the looker each spring!

This shrub, like others in the family, has an open branching structure that gives it an almost see-through quality, even with its flower buds. If you're extra lucky, you might even find yourself with a curious Hummingbird fluttering around hoping for a snack from the trumpet-shaped flowers. Growing 4-6 feet tall and a bit less in width at maturity, these cold-hardy shrubs thrive in USDA growing zones 5 to 8!

Planting and Application:

Whether you plant Fireball in the front yard near the sidewalk or add a Fireball to the backyard next to the patio, it's sure to be visited by its fair share of beneficial pollinators! Anyone who has an Azalea will tell you the best place to plant it is somewhere everyone can see it in the spring!

Even planted by itself, there is still plenty of appeal. From the fragrant orange-red flowers to the rounded growth habit that lends itself beautifully to landscapes or containers! Plant yours so you can view, and smell, it often!

Plant it towards the front of your property to create an interesting perspective that allows you to see through them to other parts of the plant picture you're creating. This helps bring the viewer's eyes in. This light-looking bush also helps create texture when planted next to heavier pieces like broad-leaved evergreens, Boxwoods, or various Thuja cultivars. Use them all in a boxed shrub border! Add light and airy flowering shrubs with power-packed blooms to Cottage borders, Asian-inspired gardens, and even your foundation planting!

If you have a perennial garden, consider planting it towards the back. It may not be a dense shrub but its height would still cover shorter blossoms. Small spaces such as cottage gardens are an area where Fireball shines. It's a great way to condense a powerful pop of color. If you're blessed with a big yard, you can always use a plethora and create the most magnificent mass planting the neighborhood has ever seen.

  • Explodes With Fiery Blooms in Early Spring
  • Trumpet Shaped Fluffy Blossoms
  • Green Foliage Emerges Bronze & Fantastic Deep Bronze Fall Color
  • Classic Azalea Fragrance
  • Attracts Hummingbirds, Bees & Butterflies
  • Graceful Rounded Growing Habit
  • Cottage Gardens, Borders, Screens, Specimens, Hedges & Focal Points

#ProPlantTips for Care:

We love a low-maintenance plant. Maybe that's why we adore Fireball so much! Try to find a nice spot in full sun and moist well-drained soil when checking out planting sites. Part shade works just as well. One thing to keep in mind is that Rhododendrons and Azaleas like acidic soil conditions. If your soil fits the bill, great! If not, consider using some Aazalea fertilizer to help it reach its full potential. Just be careful not to feed after July as it will delay dormancy come fall.

Adding a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch is another way to create the happiest plant possible. It helps to keep the soil cool during the hot summer days along with conserving moisture. Sure doesn't hurt that mulch makes gardens look pristine and weed-free too! If you'd like to reduce the size at all, grab your sharp pruning shears and give the shrub a trim right after it's done flowering. This makes sure you don't disturb any of next year's blooms!

  • Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Enriched, Slightly Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate Consistent Moisture Needs
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune Immediately After Flower

Don't let the garden next door snag a Fireball Azalea before you. Order yours today from our expert growers at Nature Hills Nursery! Be the first in the neighborhood to show off spring color when you add a Fireball Azalea to the garden. Get yours today before they're gone!

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?

Fireball Azalea can reach around 4-6 feet in height and 4-5 feet in width 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 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.

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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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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
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Fireball Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'Fireball'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red, Orange
Foliage Color Bronze Ages Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes