Sweet Azalea

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With tropical beauty - local hardiness, the Sweet Azalea (Azalea arborescens) is a fantastic native option for an easy-to-grow flowering shrub! Featuring a loose, open branching that is mostly upright in form, these fill their canopies with lush green, pointed, oval leaves. In the fall the foliage turns bright orange to crimson or purple color before dropping and exposing the informal branching structure.

Pale pink to white fragrant flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and attract bees, butterflies, and Hummingbirds! The loose flower trusses have large, tropical-looking trumpet-shaped blooms with long, reaching reddish anthers and styles that look like they're just begging for a pollinator to land!

Also known as Smooth Azalea, Sweet Azalea is a hardy native flowering shrub that thrives in the understory, along streambanks, and sometimes boggy areas and moist woodlands throughout USDA growing zones 4 through 7. Depending on a few factors, these shrubs can grow anywhere between 8-20 feet in height and width. Fast-growing and spreading by underground runners, this shrub may develop a large multi-stem, clump-forming tree-like habit with age that can be encouraged with pruning and training.

Planting and Application:

Not just lovely as a stand-alone specimen, Sweet Azalea won't mind close neighbors either. Create thickets and let these hardy natives form colonies for your songbird population to roost in while filling your out-of-the-way areas with easy-care beauty and interest. Line your back property or create an informal hedge, interspersed with other flowering shrubs and evergreens for a light-hearted and natural property-defining hedge or shelterbelt.

Wonderful understory and woodland shrubs, Sweet Azalea looks perfect when grown in open shade gardens! They're must-have native bushes for the pollinator garden, and their appreciation of moisture makes them ideal for use in Rain Gardens. Try planting these colony-forming shrubs on a hard-to-mow slope or hillside to slow rainwater and erosion.

  • Fragrant Trumpet-Shaped Pinkish to White Blooms
  • Lush Green Foliage & Open Branching
  • Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds!
  • Multi-Stemmed Shrub, Tree-Form, or Thickets
  • Hedges, Specimens, Rain Gardens & Backdrops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Azalea bushes are easy to care for and do best in partial shade to full sun environments. These hardy deciduous native shrubs do best in deep, enriched, and highly organic soil that is slightly acidic. Preferring consistent moisture, install drip irrigation or provide supplemental watering during hot dry summers and dry winters. Apply a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist pine bark mulch, extending out over the entire root system for the best moisture retention. Blooming on old wood, always prune your Azalea immediately after flowers fade to avoid removing next year's bloom! Renewal prune every 3-5 years to maintain flowering vigor, and remove suckers as needed to keep your shrub from spreading if desired.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Enriched, Organic Well-Drained & Acidic Soil
  • Even Regular Moisture Needs
  • Prune After Flowering
  • Easy-Care Native Deciduous Shrub

Sweet Azaleas are gorgeous flowering shrubs with fragrant blooms and pollinator appeal! Hurry and order these hardy native ornamental bushes at NatureHills.com today!

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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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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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Sweet Azalea Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Azalea arborescens
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Orange
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fragrant Yes