Azalea japonica 'SILVER SWORD'

Azalea japonica
Azalea japonica 'SILVER SWORD'
Japanese azalea
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a white
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME May - May
LOCATION semi-shade / partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6a   (down to -23°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 very 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 mid to late spring.

Sometimes variety names do tell what the plant looks like. Silver Sword is a Japanese azalea with narrow, elliptic leaves that are green in the cetre and almost white at the margins and with a little bit of imagination they may look like tiny swords. Pink flowers are mid-sized and appear in profusion in May. It forms a low, spreading, and compact shrub that needn’t be pruned to maintain a nice shape. We recommend growing it in semi-shade in zones 5 and 6.

Japanese azaleas need light, permeable soil that is acidic, constantly moist (keep azaleas mulched at all times) and moderately fertile. Use fertilizers for rhododendrons and azaleas, or ericaceous plants only. 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 do not plant them too deep. This variety is reliably hardy to -23°C (USDA zone 6), or -26°C with majority of leaves fallen.

Last update 15-02-2009
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  • 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.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • 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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