Formosa Azalea

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Vivid Flowers, Big, Robust Formosa Azalea

  • Larger Size Azalea Variety
  • Grows in Full Sun and Partial Shade
  • Huge, Bright Lavender-Pink Blooms Cover the Shrub in Early Spring
  • Add Privacy and Structure
  • Use as a Large Screen or as Living Walls for Garden Rooms
  • Perfect Flowering Hedge
  • Great as a Mass Planting
  • Upright Growth Habit
  • Easy-Care, Vigorous Flowering Shrub
  • Broad-Leaved Evergreen Foliage

If you want a bold, large and showy broad-leaved evergreen shrub to add color, texture and structure to your landscape design, you can't go wrong with Formosa Azalea (Azalea indica 'Formosa'). This Southern indica evergreen Azalea can handle the heat and even thrives in full sun!

Fabulous, large lavender-pink blooms are speckled with a cute, darker accent blotch on the top petal. These big blooms make a tremendous impact to kick off the growing season.

Count on this dependable heavy bloomer to decorate your landscape. Formosa Azaleas are large, colorful shrubs that just get better year after year. They bloom early, so depending upon where you live, the color show starts in either late winter or early spring.

Would you like a bit more privacy?

Let Formosa become your go-to solution for a beautiful screen. Fine-textured broad-leaved evergreen foliage remains green and grows in lush and full all the down to the ground.

The green foliage color is a wonderful foil for the brightly colored blooms. Get ready to see butterflies visit your yard!

You'll never grow tired of this pretty workhorse! Order Formosa Azalea shrubs from the expert growers at Nature Hills today.

How to Use Formosa Azalea in the Landscape

Versatile, large-scale Formosa shrubs will draw attention wherever it's planted. You'll easily gain look at me designer curb appeal, all for the price of a few shrubs.

Try them along the back of your mixed shrub border. They will make a gorgeous backdrop for smaller plants.

Use as a special accent shrub near your entryway. Or, include one or more at the corner of your house to anchor your foundation planting.

They can even be mass planted or used as long hedges. Why not enliven a row of evergreen trees with Formosa planted on their sunny side?

Add several behind your patio seating. You and your guests will enjoy an enchanting sense of privacy.

Carve out a getaway space just for yourself in your backyard. Formosa shrubs can grow into the walls of a lavish Secret Garden, or outdoor Yoga Studio.

Create a solid screen by planting them 2 feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next plant.

This boldly sophisticated shrub will make you smile!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Formosa is a rugged variety that can handle full sunlight. It will also do well with a little shade.

Azaleas do best in slightly acidic, well-drained soil. If you suffer from poor drainage, build a raised bed 18-inches high. Use your native soil and mix in a few handfuls of pine bark soil conditioner and peat moss.

Plants also need plenty of air circulation. Give at least 6 feet from any building, or tight corner. Good airflow around each plant dries the foliage quickly.

When planting Azaleas, it's better to plant too high, than too low. Mound up when planting by leaving a few inches of the root ball showing above the ground. Pull pine bark or pine straw mulch up to cover the root system.

Formosa Azalea should be watered regularly and mulched applied to keep the ground moist. Reapply a fresh layer each year. Always pull the mulch back 6 inches from the stems.

Weed your plantings regularly, as the shallow roots won't like the competition. We recommend creating a mulched planting bed to make it easy for yourself.

Apply a good, organic, slow-release fertilizer in early spring according to the product directions. Look for a formula designed for Acid Loving plants.

Prune to correct shape and reduce size, if needed, right after the spring flowers begin to fade. Don't wait, as later pruning will threaten your blooms for next spring.

Please order enough plants to complete your entire project. This hot plant is in high demand, and it's easy to see why. Order Formosa Azalea for dazzling style!

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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From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Formosa Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-9
Growing Zones 8-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Azalea indica 'Formosa'
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained and Acidic
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Pink/Purple
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes