Nico Azalea flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4b
Striking hot pink and cherry red blooms adorn this vigorous and hardy variety in mid spring; an accent shrub that will definitely make an impact along borders; absolutely must have well-drained, highly acidic and organic soil
Nico Azalea is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant hot pink trumpet-shaped flowers with cherry red throats at the ends of the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Nico Azalea is an open multi-stemmed deciduous 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.
Nico Azalea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Nico Azalea will grow to be about 4 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 full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. 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 leaves 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.