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Nuccio's Happy Days Azalea

Rhododendron 'Nuccio's Happy Days'

Vivid violet, double blooms cover this mounding shrub in spring. The rich green foliage provides a quietly attractive backdrop for the blooms, and for other plants later after the flowers on Happy Days fade. More shade tolerant than the average azalea, meaning you can plant it in more shade to decrease watering without sacrificing as many blooms. It will still appreciate morning sun with light afternoon shade for best flowering.

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Quick Facts

  • Can bloom nearly year-round in warm-winter regions
  • A fantastic choice for drought-prone areas
  • Thrives in containers or planted en masse in ground

Details

Vivid violet, double blooms cover this mounding shrub in spring. The rich green foliage provides a quietly attractive backdrop for the blooms, and for other plants later after the flowers on Happy Days fade. More shade tolerant than the average azalea, meaning you can plant it in more shade to decrease watering without sacrificing as many blooms. It will still appreciate morning sun with light afternoon shade for best flowering.

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About This Plant

Type

Shrubs

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 60 inches

Mature Width

Up to 72 inches

Landscape Uses

Flowering, Foundation, Hedges & Privacy, Patio & Containers, Firescaping

Features

Attractive flowers

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Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Life Cycle

Perennial

Bloom Time

Spring

Bloom Color

Purple

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Maintain a thick mulch to keep the roots cool and maintain soil moisture. If chlorosis occurs, apply chelated iron. An acid fertilizer applied after bloom may be beneficial. If needed, prune to control size or shape immediately after flowering ends.

Effort of Care

Moderate

Soil Type

Well-drained soil, rich in organic matter

Growth Rate

Moderate

Light Needs

This plant will do best if given partial shade to partial sun in your yard.

Water Needs

This plant requires regular watering, at least weekly, and more often in extreme heat.

Disease and Pests

Azalea lace bug, root rot, powdery mildew

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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