Azalea japonica 'FETE DES MERES'

Azalea japonica
Azalea japonica 'FETE DES MERES'
Japanese azalea
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.8-1.3m
USUAL WIDTH 0.8-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS deep pink
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Rhododendrons, azaleas, and mountain laurels
Evergreen broadleaf
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Japanese azaleas are popular features of our gardens. In their home climate they grow to relatively substantial shrubs, as opposed to limited sizes in our continental, dry climate. They are very floriferous, maintenance-free shrubs that usually bloom from end April until June.

Fete des Meres (Mother’s Day) is a Japanese azalea bred and introduced by August van Hecke from Belgium in 1970. It is a Kurume hybrid, though sometimes listed under Ghent azaleas, offering medium-large, single flowers, 4-6 cm across, cerise to dark raspberry pink with a few dwarf sepals in the centre, still it cannot be classified as semi-double. They commonly open in Belgium in the first week of May making a stunning display precisely on Mother’s Day, hence its name. In C.E. climate they bloom from mid May and open their buds continuously for 2-3 weeks on the background of handsome, glossy foliage. Evergreen leaves are narrowly obovate, small, and dark green. Fete des Meres azalea makes a compact, bushy shrub about one meter tall and wide.

Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The size of new branches would get out hand and spoil the shape you are going to achieve. They need light, permeable soil that is acid, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately fertile. Use fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas, or ericaceous plants. The best soil mix is 1/3 of peat, 1/3 of leaf-mould or lime-free compost, and 1/3 of soil from the hole where you are going to plant it. Azaleas have shallow roots, so never plant them too deep. Hardy to abt. -25 °C (USDA zone 5b-6).

Last update 23-05-2021.
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Azalea japonica height 30 cm, width 25-35 cm
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Azalea japonica height 20-30 cm, width 30-40 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
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  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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