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Palestrina Azalea

Rhododendron 'Palestrina'

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Palestrina Azalea (Rhododendron 'Palestrina') at Martin's Home & Garden

Palestrina Azalea flowers

Palestrina Azalea flowers

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Palestrina Azalea (Rhododendron 'Palestrina') at Martin's Home & Garden

Palestrina Azalea flowers

Palestrina Azalea flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Description:

Striking white blooms with a very faint blotch adorn this vigorous and hardy variety in mid spring; considered one of the best whites, it will definitely make an impact along borders; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil

Ornamental Features

Palestrina Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with a chartreuse 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 do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Palestrina Azalea is a dense 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.

Palestrina Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Palestrina Azalea will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. 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  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features