Formosa AzaleasAzalea indica 'Formosa'
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.