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Golden Sunset Azalea

Rhododendron 'Golden Sunset'

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Golden Sunset Azalea (Rhododendron 'Golden Sunset') at Martin's Home & Garden

Golden Sunset Azalea flowers

Golden Sunset Azalea flowers

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Group/Class:  Exbury Hybrids

Description:

Blooms of butter and cream with a pronounced golden blotch cover this attractive open airy shrub in mid spring; ideal when massed in borders, foundation plantings, or low screening; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil

Ornamental Features

Golden Sunset Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of lightly-scented buttery yellow trumpet-shaped flowers with creamy white overtones and a gold blotch at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The narrow leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Sunset 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.

Golden Sunset Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Golden Sunset Azalea will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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. 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 leaves 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features