The Purple Formosa Azalea in an evergreen shrub that hails from southern India. It is a mid season bloomer with dark lavender flowers . They prefer to grow in acidic soil in a partial shade environment. A shallow, non aggressive root system makes them a great foundation planting choice. This fairly shallow root system however, also requires that Azaleas be given regular waterings – equivalent to about 1″ of rainfall each week throughout the growing season. Fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall
Southern Formosa Indica Azaleas are often planted as screens or fences because they can grow over 6′ tall. They also can be added as an understory planting below the shady canopies of our pines. These large evergreen shrubs can spread from 6 to 8 feet wide. They produce 2- to 3-inch spring flowers and have strong heat tolerance.
If pruning is needed, do so right after the flowers are spent.