The Q&A Archives: Burgundy Azalea

Question: Is there an equivalent to the little john azalea with the purple foliage that are cold hardy to a lower temperature (-10 - 0)?

Answer: The Indica hybrids such as 'Little John' were originally developed for greenhouse forcing. Where winter temperatures don't dip much below 20F, they make attractive landscape plants. They won't survive outdoors in colder temperatures but can be grown indoors in containers if you prune annually to control the size. The Greenwood hybrid 'Sherry' produces very deep red flowers and maroon winter foliage, and it's hardy to about 5F. Perhaps it would make a good substitute for 'Little John' in your garden.

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