The Elsie Lee Azalea is a prolific spring-blooming rhododendron. This selection produces pastel pink-lavender blooms with bluish tones. These semi-double flowers have wonderful frilly edges. Each April-May you will be anticipating a great colorful display of blooms that will last for weeks.
Foliage emerges as a light green before maturing to an emerald hue. As the temperatures begin to drop in autumn the foliage will begin to yellow then will shed many on its leaves to have new fresh green growth emerge in spring.
The Elsie Lee Azalea is considered a dwarf variety and matures after about 15 years to roughly 3-5′ H x 3-5′ W. Therefore, it naturally won’t engulf your landscape. Rather, it tends to grow in a compact, dense spread.
Try it in a container, hedge, mass planting, border, or mixed bed. Furthermore, it responds well to shaping, so feel free to trim away.
Elsie Lee Azalea Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9.
Plant in Partial Sun for best results. Filtered Sun for much of the day or 2-3 hours of direct sun a day is sufficient. Too much sun will stress the plant, while too little sun will result in decreased foliage and bloom potential.
This rhododendron has only medium water requirements once established. For the first growing season, provide supplementary water 2-3 times a week in average weather conditions.
The Elsie Lee Azalea prefers acidic to neutral soil for best results. In addition, ensure that the soil drains well in order to avoid root rot.
Fertilize in early spring with a balanced acidic plant fertilizer. This will help ensure future growth and blooms, as well as promote the overall well-being of your plant.
Trim after the bloom cycle has ended. The Elsie Lee Azalea, like other yearly blooming rhododendrons, begins compiling the next years blooms after the end of the current years cycle. Trimming too late will decrease the number of potential blooms for the next year.
Elsie Lee Azalea Spacing Recommendations
To create a seamless hedge we recommend planting 2-3′ Appart and to create individual shrubs plant at least 4-5′ apart