Rhododendron ‘Girard's Crimson’

evergreen azalea

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Outstanding Qualities

An outstanding selection bred to withstand the bitter cold of an Ohio winter and still flower well on a compact plant. In late April to early May bright rosy crimson flowers open with a vivid red blotch in the interior. The large single blooms cover the shrub in the saturated tone. Dark green foliage clothes this dense slower grower developing a compact habit that looks great in the smaller urban garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: red

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: dazzling rosy crimson flowers in springtime

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Plant it under spring flowering cherries or dogwoods. The bold silver foliage of Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' or the silver spotted leaves of pulmonaria would look great with the flowers and foliage of this azalea. Create a spring wonderland by combining with ferns, epimediums, primrose, or wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa). The compact form also lends itself to use as an informal low hedge.

Great Color Contrasts: cream, silver, gold

Great Color Partners: bronze, dark green, chartreuse

Culture Notes
This azalea is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Plant it in rich well-drained or sandy soil in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Azaleas are shallow-rooted plants requiring regular watering during dry weather. Faded flowers often drop off or are quickly covered by new growth. Almost no pruning is needed to keep azaleas looking good. Adult root weevils can chew on their leaves, but this is less of a problem on plants that receive more light and regular watering.