Rhododendron ‘Hinode-giri’

evergreen azalea

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Outstanding Qualities

Vivid carmine red flowers cover this lovely evergreen azalea in early April The dense compact habit of the shrub accentuates the profuse flowering. It can be used as a single bright punctuation in a planting or placed in drifts creating eye catching ribbons of red. The dark green shiny foliage of 'Hinode-giri' would make a good informal low hedge or can be used in combinations with other compact growers. Its overall form would work well with dwarf conifers or as a skirt around taller rhododendrons.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: 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: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)

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

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: red

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

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: spring flowers of vivid carmine red

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

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.
Geek Notes
Originally developed from in Kurume, Japan from complex hybrids of native species, this beautiful cultivar was imported to Britain by the famous plant explorer E.H. Wilson and is known as one of the "Wilson Fifty" representing one of what is now collectively referred to as Kurume azaleas. A rough translation of 'Hinode-giri' means "Mist of the Rising Sun" and one can imagine the flaming brilliance captured in the early morning haze when gazing at the compelling flowers.