Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea

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Like a brilliant splash of sunshine in the spring yard, Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea (Rhododendron 'QbackB' PP27083) features bright yellow blooms, with just a hint of orange for an additional dash of spice. The buds have a darker orange-red hue, adding a two-toned effect as the flowers come into bloom! Watch as bees, butterflies, Hummingbirds, and curious neighbors flock to your yard to get a better look!

The amazing exotic trusses of blossoms are further enhanced by their luscious honeysuckle fragrance, a sure draw to your yard's pollinators who will only add to the natural majesty of the spring display. Even when Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea is done flowering in the spring, the verdant foliage provides a lovely, well-branched shrub for the rest of the season!

Solar Flare™ is a part of the Sunbow® Azalea Series and as such, offers larger flowers with more vivid coloring! This flowering Azalea is a deciduous, ornamental bush with an upright nature and does well in sun or part shade. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these spring exotic treats are wonderfully cold and heat tolerant and easy to grow!

Planting and Application:

An exciting Solar Flare™ would look perfect as an accent in your sideyard, or anchoring your front entry plantings! Anywhere you can frequently walk by to enjoy the vivid spring display or inhale the honeysuckle-like fragrance! Add tropical flair to your poolside plantings and outdoor entertaining areas in the sun! The shrubby form needs little maintenance and works as an airy hedge for screening, or bird-friendly groupings and hedgerows alike!

Also doing well in partial shade, use this vibrant flowering shrub anywhere it can brighten up even the dingiest corners in your yard! Pollinator borders and moist Zen gardens, a lively cottage border, or dress up a perennial garden! Go big and take out some front lawn and plant yellow and orange spring bulbs, juicy-hued perennials and bright green groundcovers, then plant a Solar Flare™ in the middle! 'Limb it up' to create a spectacular tree form multi-trunked tree from its 6-8 foot tall canopy and expose the lower branches! You'll gain major neighborhood clout!

  • Trusses of Orange-Red Buds & Bright Yellow Flowers
  • Wildlife Interest & Pollinator-Friendly
  • Unique Honeysuckle Fragrance 
  • Bright Green Deciduous Foliage
  • Limb Up Into a Tree Form Focal Point!
  • Works Well in Hedges, Screening, Groupings, Vibrant Specimens & Accents!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Azaleas are long-lived landscaping classics and thrive in both full sun and partial shade in cooler climates, and morning sun with afternoon shade in hotter growing zones. They like moist soil and require little care beyond well-drained soil. Best in rich soil that is mulched so their shallow root systems do not dry out. Ensure they are not in soggy sites, so berm the area by 18-24 inches and plant directly into this mound if you suspect poor drainage.

Azaleas are Rhododendron family members and can be left to grow naturally, but they don't mind some pruning if you'd like a more defined shape. An extremely hardy Azalea, if you do wish to give it a trim, prune it immediately after flowering only.

  • Sun Tolerant & Partial Shade
  • Moderate to Moist Soil
  • Well-Drained Very Enriched Soil
  • Prune Right After Flowering
  • Year Round Foliage

Get a burst of floral sunshine with the gorgeous Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea! Tropical blooms and fragrant exotic hues can be yours as soon as you place your order at!

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?

Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea can reach a 6-8 foot tall and slightly narrower 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.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer? 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!

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

About Plant Sentry™

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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.

From To S&H
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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Sunbow® Solar Flare™ Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Rhododendron 'QbackB' PP27083
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 6 - 8 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes