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Rhododendron austrinum

Native Plants

Florida Flame Azalea

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Summary

Florida flame azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) is among the showiest and easiest to grow of the native azaleas. In early May, this beautiful shrub has masses of exquisitely fragrant flowers in a color ranging from yellow to vibrant orange, often tinged with pink at the base. It excels in moist to sandy, well drained acidic soil and thrives in the summer heat. This azalea grows as a multi-stemmed, upright rounded shrub reaching 10-15’ tall. Florida azalea is an excellent choice for the landscape, for use in the back of the border or alone as a specimen. It combines well in the garden with pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), flowering dogwood (Benthamidia  florida), marginal wood-fern (Dryopteris marginalis), black haw (Viburnum prunifolium), American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and wild geranium (Geranium maculatum). Zones 6-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    mid-to-late-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    salmon-orange, yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green, purple, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown