The Midnight Flare Azalea is a fantastic spring-blooming rhododendron. This selection produces clear bright red blooms with dark red spots in the center. Watch and be amazed as these blossoms emerge in considerable numbers every year in late spring, and transform the appearance of this shrub for weeks to follow.
This Azalea was the 2010 Rhododendron of the Year for the Southeastern US by the American Rhododendron Society.
Evergreen foliage emerges as a light green before maturing to a glossy emerald hue.
The Midnight Flare Azalea is a dwarf variety and matures to 3-5′ H x 3-4′ 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.
Midnight Flare 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 Midnight Flare 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 Midnight Flare 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 amount of potential blooms for the next year.
Midnight Flare Azalea Spacing
To create a seamless hedge we recommend planting 2′ apart and to create individual shrubs plant at least 4′ apart