Weston's Popsicle Azalea
Rhododendron 'Weston's Popsicle'
Weston's Popsicle Azalea flowers
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Height: 6 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Clusters of striking pink-violet blooms with an orange flare, in late spring; a compact rounded shrub with attractive leaves that turn burgundy in the fall; needs highly acidic and organic soil that is well drained
Weston's Popsicle Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink trumpet-shaped flowers with violet overtones and a orange flare at the ends of the branches in late spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy narrow leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall.
Weston's Popsicle Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Weston's Popsicle Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Weston's Popsicle Azalea will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. You may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.