The Formosa is a beautiful southern Indica variety azalea. A vigorous spreading, evergreen shrub with an upright habit. The large, 3", vivid reddish-purple or magenta flowers with a darker blotch bloom in the spring and depending upon the location, again in the fall. It grows on the average to 8' tall. It prefers partial shade to full sun, acidic, moist, well drained soil. When established, it has some drought tolerance. This azalea is used as a mass planting, specimen, foundation, border, or hedge.
The Formosa azalea is a southern Indica variety. It is hardy, spreading evergreen shrub with an upright habit. It is a slow grower, 6'-8' or taller with slightly less of a spread. The beautiful flowers are a single, large, 3", funnel shaped, magenta color with a darker blotch. It prefers partial shade to full sun, acidic, well drained soil, and protection from the wind. It is drought tolerant when established, but will require watering during prolonged droughts. Pruning is seldom necessary, but any pruning should be done after flowering. The flower's buds are on the previous year's growth.
Attracts butterflies and bees
This azalea prefers moist soil, but once established has some drought tolerance.
Simple, alternate, 1 1/2" long, elliptic, medium green, evergreen.
Deep rose purple flowers with a darker accent blotch
Spring, early to midseason and in some areas, spring and fall.
Elongated 1/2-1" hard, brown capsule, inconspicuous