|Upright, evergreen shrub said to be the hardiest azalea around. Leaves are glossy, dark green, lance-shaped to ovate, around 1 inch long. Single, hose-in-hose, widely funnel-shaped, rich red flowers with darker blotches, 2 inches wide. Flowers are borne in showy trusses from mid to late spring. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acid soil, rich with organic matter.
The Gable hybrids are a group of azaleas that were introduced by the late Joseph Gable of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. They are the result of crosses between R. poukhanense and R. kaempferi, as well as many other species and hybrids. Though azaleas have a potentially large list of possible pest and disease problems, they are usually trouble free if planted correctly in proper cultural conditions.