Dense, spreading, mound forming evergreen with spectacular, dark shiny foliage with buds that unfurls to create an explosion of bright red blooms. Colorful buds provide impressive winter interest. Blooms in mid-May. Enjoy this charming, old fashioned shrub that is an essential part of the spring landscape. Brightly colored flowers brighten shaded gardens or borders.
Plant in partial sun location, preferrably one with morning sun and afternoon shade and protected by winter winds. Likes moist, well-drained soil. Responds well to a specialized Azalea/Rhodie, acid fertilizer application. Prune to shape in summer immediately after blooming subsides.