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Admiral Semmes Native Azalea - Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'
Admiral Semmes Native Azalea - Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

Ericaceae Rhododendron Admiral Semmes

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Grows InZone 6A · -10° to -5° F through Zone 9B · 25° to 30° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Shade, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained, Moderately Drained
Flower ColorYellow
BloomsSpring Blooms, Fall Foliage
Foliage ColorMedium Green
Average Height5' to 6'
Average Width4' to 6'
AttractsVisual Attention
Additional Information About Admiral Semmes Native Azalea - Rhododendron 'Admiral Semmes'

More about Admiral Semmes Rhododendron...

Winner of the 2007 Georgia Gold Medal Award, 'Admiral Semmes' is one of the most heat and humidity tolerant of the highly sought after Confederate Series of Native Azaleas and is the most easy to grow!

In addition to being a very sturdy and hardy shrub that can tolerate the extremes of the South, Admiral Semmes produces abundant clusters of extremely fragrant, yellow blooms. The large, honeysuckle-like blooms appear in spring as new growth begins to emerge. Very lustrous dark green leaves turn orange-bronze in fall. The handsome leaves are exceptionally mildew free. 

While some native azaleas grow into small trees, Admiral Semmes is more of a shrub form that grows to about 5 feet in height with an equal width. It is perfect for use in woodland borders or other areas of the landscape that provide dappled shade and moist, well-drained soils rich in organic matter.

History Note: Admiral Raphael Semmes was skipper of the CSS Alabama and he still holds the record for number of enemy ships sunk or captured. Semmes Alabama is named for this Admiral.

Care Instructions for Native Azaleas

Native Azaleas are low maintenance shrubs that require little attention once they are established.

Soil - Native azaleas prefer an acid (4.5 to 5.5), well-drained, moist but not wet, soil rich in organic matter, such as natural leaf mold, mushroom compost, composted cowe manure, or your own homemade compost. All day dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is preferable. As the plant is establishing itself during the first year after planting make sure to provide water during times of summer drought.

Fertilizer - Fertilize plants just after they've bloomed with an azalea and camellia type fertilizer or an organic plant food. Mulching with a two-inch layer of aged shredded wood mulch or fresh-pine straw will help retain moisture during the warm season and will also decompose into rich organic matter that will feed the plant.

Pruning - Native azaleas do not rquire pruning however respond well to it. If you need to shape the plant up a little trim or prune right after they are finished blooming. Native Azaleas need a moist, but not wet, soil rich in organic matter ( leaf mold, rotted sawdust, compost or peat moss are examples).A shifting sun and shade situation as under pines is ideal for their light requirements.ulch to conserve moisture with any organic material such as peanut hulls, pine bark or straw, etc.

Problems - Native Azaleas are generally free of insect and disease problems.

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