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Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea

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Electric Lights Double Pink Azalea

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From the deciduous azalea breeding program at the University of Minnesota, Electric Lights™ Double Pink is the first double-flowered form azalea and it is a beauty! Pink, fragrant blooms appear in spring and cover the plant in color, with flower buds hardy to -30°F. Soft green foliage deepens to burgundy in the fall. Plants form an upright mound in the landscape and tolerate full sun to part shade.

Plant Attributes

The Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea is a plant that boasts an impressive display of double pink blooms that are sure to captivate any garden enthusiast. This azalea variety, with its vibrant colors and appealing aesthetics, is an excellent choice for adding a pop of color to any landscape.

The Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea generally grows to be around 6-7 feet in height and can reach a similar spread. Its compact size makes it a versatile choice for a variety of garden sizes, from larger landscapes to more constrained spaces such as residential gardens or patios. This shrub is known for its dense foliage, consisting of small, glossy, dark green leaves that provide a striking contrast to its bright blooms.

The most compelling attribute of the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea is undoubtedly its flowers. Each spring, this plant is covered in numerous clusters of double pink blooms that are reminiscent of roses. These flowers not only add beauty but also have a pleasant fragrance that can fill your garden with a delightful scent.

This azalea is a hardy plant and can tolerate colder climates, making it a good choice for regions with harsh winters. It is hardy to USDA zones 4 through 7, meaning it can survive in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite its cold hardiness, this azalea also thrives in full to partial sun and prefers well-drained, acidic soil. It also requires regular watering, particularly in dry conditions.

The Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea is not only a beautiful addition to any garden, but it also attracts various pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds, contributing to the biodiversity of your garden. Whether used as a specimen plant, a border, or a foundation plant, this azalea cultivar is a versatile and stunning choice.

Landscape Use

The Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea's visual appeal and versatility make it a standout in various landscaping scenarios.

  1. Foundation Plantings: Due to its compact size and striking visual appeal, this azalea is an excellent choice for foundation plantings. It can soften the hard lines of a building and add a burst of color against a typically neutral backdrop.
  2. Borders and Hedges: The dense, dark green foliage of the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea makes it an ideal choice for creating borders or hedges. The plant's vibrant pink blossoms provide an added visual appeal during the blooming season.
  3. Specimen Plant: When planted singly or in a prominent spot in the garden, this azalea serves as a beautiful specimen plant, drawing attention with its stunning double pink blooms.
  4. Mixed Shrub Borders: This azalea can be planted alongside other shrubs to create a mixed shrub border, adding a variety of colors and textures to the landscape.
  5. Woodland Gardens: Due to its shade tolerance and love for acidic soil, the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea is a great addition to woodland gardens, where it can thrive under the canopy of larger trees.
  6. Containers: For those with limited space or who prefer container gardening, this azalea is a perfect choice. It can add a pop of color to patios, balconies, or terraces when planted in pots.
  7. Attracting Wildlife: The vibrant blossoms of this plant are also attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Therefore, it's an excellent addition to gardens designed to attract and support local wildlife.

Remember to consider the specific needs of the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea when deciding on its placement. It prefers well-drained, acidic soil and should be placed in a location that receives full to partial sun for the best results.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea requires some attention to ensure the plant thrives and displays its stunning double pink blooms each spring.

Planting Instructions:

  1. Select a suitable location: Azaleas generally prefer a spot with partial shade or dappled sunlight, although they can tolerate full sun in cooler climates. They also require well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 6.0.
  2. Dig a hole: The hole should be twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. If your soil is heavy clay or drains poorly, consider planting the azalea slightly above ground level to improve drainage.
  3. Prepare the plant: If your azalea is container-grown, gently remove it from the pot. If it's root-bound, loosen the roots a bit before planting.
  4. Place the plant: Position the azalea in the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Backfill with the excavated soil.
  5. Water thoroughly: After planting, water the azalea deeply and mulch around the base of the plant to help conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

Care Instructions:

  1. Watering: Azaleas prefer consistent moisture, but they don't tolerate waterlogged conditions. Water your plant deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In hotter, dryer periods, additional watering may be necessary.
  2. Fertilizing: Azaleas typically don't require heavy fertilization. If needed, apply a slow-release, acid-forming fertilizer in the spring, before new growth begins.
  3. Mulching: Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppresses weeds, and gradually improves soil quality as it decomposes. Use organic mulch like pine bark or pine needles around the base of your azalea.
  4. Pruning: Prune your azalea after it finishes blooming to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Avoid heavy pruning in late summer or fall as this can remove the buds set for next spring's flowers.
  5. Pest and Disease Control: While generally hardy, azaleas can be affected by some pests and diseases. Monitor your plant regularly for signs of aphids, lace bugs, or root rot. Use appropriate treatments as necessary.

Remember, the Electric Lights™ Double Pink Azalea is hardy in USDA zones 4-7, so ensure your climate is suitable before planting. With the right care, your azalea can provide a stunning display of double pink blooms for many years to come.

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Plant Features

  • Height: 6-7'
  • Width: 4-5'
  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Heat Zone: 7
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Flower Color: Pink
  • Foliage: Bright Green

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