‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ Azalea

Size
Azalea x ‘Girard’s Hot Shot’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b
There is popping hot color on ‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ azalea with its reddish orange flowers that cover the plant in the spring. Semi-evergreen and evergreen in Southern climates. The orange-red fall foliage is a bonus for the landscape. Its small form is good for borders, woodland landscapes, and mass plantings.
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Woody Ornamentals - Flowering Shrubs - Evergreen - Broadleaf
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 2 to 4 feet tall, 3 to 5 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Rounded
Features:   Year Round Color and Interest, Naturalizes Well
Tolerates Urban Pollution, Disease Resistant
Attracts:   Butterflies, Bees
Garden Ideas:   
Shade, Cottage, Cutting
Flower features:    Profuse flowering, Showy Flowers
Red-Orange that bloom in spring
Foliage type and color:    Broadleaf, Green
Landscape Uses:    Beds, Grouping, Foundation
Accent, Border, Mass Planting
‘Girard’s Hot Shot’ Azalea is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 2 to 4 feet tall, 3 to 5 feet wide
Growth Rate:   Medium
Spacing:   3-4 ft apart
Exposure:   Partial Shade
Watering:   Moderate
Soil Types:   Acidic   Moist, well-drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Azaleas do best in consistently semi-moist but well-drained acidic soil, rich with organic matter. Most azaleas prefer partial or filtered shade, but reblooming varieties may need more sun to encourage a second bloom cycle. Use a fertilizer for acid-loving plants, and apply after spring bloom. Lace bugs are a common pest on azaleas. Plant out of full sun to avoid stress that makes azaleas susceptible to lace bugs, or consider a systemic pesticide. Read the label for proper use.
General Planting Tips:    Some plants, including camellias, azaleas, iris, ferns, and dogwood, prefer shallow planting. Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole three times as wide as the container. Remove plant from container and place in the hole after having loosened the roots slightly. Add soil back to the hole ensuring the top of the root ball is 1-2 inches above the original soil level. No soil should be put on top of the root ball. Water and add more soil to the surrounding area if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, unless no mulch is specified in the care requirements.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Acidic fertilizer after flowering according to package directions.
General Pruning suggestions:    With a beautiful natural form, there is little need to prune. If you think your azaleas need pruning, do so immediately after the spring flowering for maximum bud set. Light pruning of more established plants will stimulate growth and flowering.
Bloom Tips:    Remove flower stalks after blooms have faded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5a to 9b

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