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Azalea FormosaAzalea indica 'Formosa'

Azalea Formosa—Azalea  indica 'Formosa'

A beautiful spring blooming evergreen azalea. It is a southern India variety. Large, 3" magenta flowers with a deeper blotch. Vigorous, upright grower, 6'-8' or taller with 6'+ spread. Partial shade to full sun, acidic, well drained soil. (zones 8-10).

Zones 8 - 10
Zones 8 - 10

Hardiness Zones: Zones 8 - 10
The Azalea Formosa can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. (see map below)

Evergreen Shrub
Evergreen Shrub

Type of tree:
The Azalea Formosa falls into the following type(s): Evergreen Shrubs, Flowering Trees, Shrubs

6' - 8' High
6' - 8' High

Mature Height:
The Azalea Formosa grows to be 6' - 8' feet in height.

4' - 6' Spread
4' - 6' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Azalea Formosa has a spread of about 4' - 6' at full maturity.

Slow Growth
Slow Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This Azalea Formosa does well in full sun, partial shade.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
This azalea prefers acidic, moist, well drained soil, but tolerates periodic dry soil once established.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This Azalea Formosa has rounded shape.

More Info
More Info


The Azalea Formosa can be expected to grow in the zones shown on this map.

Attributes:
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.

Description:
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.

Wildlife Value:
Attracts butterflies and bees

Moisture:
This azalea prefers moist soil, but once established has some drought tolerance.

Leaves:
Simple, alternate, 1 1/2" long, elliptic, medium green, evergreen.

Flower Color:
Deep rose purple flowers with a darker accent blotch

Bloom Time:
Spring, early to midseason and in some areas, spring and fall.

Fruit Description:
Elongated 1/2-1" hard, brown capsule, inconspicuous