Happy Days Azalea flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 8a
Other Names: Nuccio's Happy Days Azalea
Group/Class: Indica Hybrid
Stunning hot pink-purple double blooms cover this attractive open airy shrub in mid to late spring; ideal when massed in borders, foundation plantings, or containers; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil
Happy Days Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of hot pink trumpet-shaped flowers with purple overtones at the ends of the branches from mid to late spring. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.
Happy Days Azalea is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Happy Days Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Happy Days Azalea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.
This shrub does best in a location that gets morning sunlight but is shaded from the hot afternoon sun, although it will also grow in partial shade. Keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.