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Rhododendron ( Splendor Pericat Hybrid Azalea )

The Pericat azaleas were originally developed as greenhouse forcing plants, but they are as hardy as the Kurume azaleas, to 5 and 10 degrees F. The parentage is unclear, but is thought to include Kurume and Belgian Indian Hybrids. Dense, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, 1 to 2 inch long, elliptic, glossy, dark green leaves. Flowers are borne from early to midsping in profuse, showy trusses of 1 to 3 per cluster, which literally cover the plant. Best adapted to partial sun. Prune immediately after flowering so you won’t cut off any of next year’s flower buds. Best if not sheared. Beautiful planted in generous, solid-colored drifts along edge of woods. Plant as you would any of the other azaleas: high and in well-drained, acidic soil, rich with organic matter. 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.