full sun and heat tolerant azaleas - Knowledgebase Question

Corona, CA
Question by nannac1947
February 4, 2007
I have seen azaleas that bloom and grow in full sun. I live in Corona, CA. Where can I buy 3 of them and which ones should I buy? Please give both common and botanical names.


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Answer from NGA
February 4, 2007

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SOUTHERN INDIAN (INDICA) (SI) Hybrids are the most heat and sun tolerant azaleas.
This hybrid group was developed from a large collection of Belgian Indian hybrids in the Southeastern US around 1870. It is a mixed group, including forms and hybrids of R. indicum X R. simsii and 'Mucronatum' forms X R. indicum. Early bloomers are usually more upright and vigorous, while later bloomers are more compact and spreading. This group is sometimes referred to as "Sun Azaleas" because of their strong sun and heat tolerance. They are hardy in Zones 8-10. Choose from the following:

-BRILLIANT (BRILLIANTINA)
-DUC de ROHAN
-FIELDER'S WHITE
-FORMOSA (PHOENICEUM)
-GEORGE LINDSEY TABER
-GOMES PURPLE
-GRANDEUR
-GULF STREAM
-IVERYANA
-LITTLE JOHN
-(MRS.)G.G.GERBING
-PINK LACE
-PRIDE OF DORKING
-PRIDE OF MOBILE
-SOUTHERN CHARM
-WHITE GRANDEUR
-WHITE LACE

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