Kurume azaleas are evergreen with small leaves and small single or semi double flowers which smother the plant in spring. Grow from 60cm to 1 metre in height While it is often recommended that you spray for this – lime sulphur or copper is the usual treatment – it is no mean feat to spray above your head height and we are consciously trying to avoid spraying. So I am on a long term campaign – year three into what may be a five year project. Small-medium rounded evergreen shrub.USE IN: Beautiful in groups as a mass display of flowering colour. A Kurume variety that has single, bright crimson flowers that emerge in very late winter and through spring. Generally regarded as playing second fiddle to their more aristocratic rhododendron family members, they seem to have followed their slide down towards oblivion in recent times. When not flowering, it will look similar to a clipped buxus hedge – from a distance at least. We shape, lift and thin and this gives us an undulating carpet of colour just above head height. $7.00. First published in the July issue of New Zealand Gardener and reproduced here with their agreement. There is a range of colours in the Kurumes – well, azalea colours so we are talking white, pinks, salmons, lilacs through to deepest pink almost red. They are relatively pest free, forgiving and easy to grow. Grow from 60cm to 1 metre in height. * I shall do it this very month. I am on the ‘Mission of 78 Azaleas’. Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia! Alternatively you can raise seed, as Mark’s father did here to bulk up the plantings without having to buy them. They also shoot from the base and we try and rub off those new shoots before they get large. It takes a bit of work. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Soil: Well-drained soil with high organic matter content is important. If you have an Asian azalea shrub, it could be one of two main evergreen varieties: Kurume hybrids are usually bright red and don't tend to grow very large - no more than 3 or 4 feet (0.9 or 1.2 m). This little Kurume Azalea becomes just a mass of peachy pink blooms in late winter early spring. Compact plant, hardy. We felt suitably chastised. Exposure: Part Sun. This is a style decision and may appeal to folk who prefer their plants to conform to a prescribed standard. Sculpting them, we call it. A hardy evergreen shrub valued for the masses of flowers that are produced from winter through to late spring. Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival. Deciduous. Kurume. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Tolerates cooler temperatures and requires less shade than indica varieties. Kurume Azaleas are stunning with an abundance of smaller, clustered flowers. The blooms are lightly scented. We have plantings of the fine leafed Kurume azaleas from Japan which are now over 60 years old. Oh how easily those words trip off the tongue but I tell you, doing the first of two blocks is probably 20 or 30 hours work. Spreading form. Grows to about 1.2m in and 1.5m wide. It is of similar stature to a tree dahlia – about 4m x 4m – so taking up a lot of space. When we decided, in a burst of wholesome living, to manage alcohol consumption by not drinking from Monday to Thursday, we realised that it was in part the ritual of sitting down together with a drink before dinner that we enjoyed. Kurumes have tiny leaves to match their little flowers and can be a viable alternative for buxus hedging as they take clipping and will sprout from bare wood, although they are never as dense as buxus. The size of the blooms is more than made up for in quantity. Most Kurume hybrids grow from around 80cm to 1m, although some varieties grow a bit larger. If the pretty candy pink flowers are not to your taste, ‘Kirin’ one of the Kurume azalea group – small leafed, small flowered azaleas from the Kurume area of Japan. Azaleas are available in two main classes: native azaleas and Asian azaleas. From this, you may deduce that azaleas are one of our backbone plants in the garden, threaded through quite large areas. The smaller flowered varieties are more weather hardy. These are evergreen azaleas and they hail from Kurume on the southern isle of Kyushu in Japan. Virtue expires on Friday evenings, I admit. They are also prized subjects for bonsai. Evergreen azaleas are a bit of an unsung garden hero, really. A Kurume hybrid with a compact growth habit. Here are a few of the azaleas we love most. In Europe, they were loved as a pot culture, and were thus called Belgian florist azaleas. These ones are planted on the margins of our enormous rimu trees and they catch a fair amount of litter falling from above. Their small flowers are so massed that they make undulating rugs of colour in the garden with no foliage visible at all. I am reminded of something we once heard Christopher Lloyd say (it must have been on the telly because I can’t find it in print): “People are always looking for low maintenance and easy care gardens. .6m (Kurume Hybrid Japan) Single bright orange red flowers. The flowers come in shades of pink, red, white and mauve. The strawberries are planted for spring and the garlic is already above ground. Hardiness Zone: 6-9. Provides a spectacular display in spring. He had no English and we have no Japanese, but he managed to convey to us that our Kurumes were simply astounding in their stature and shape but that we needed to take better care of them. Kurumes have tiny leaves to match their little flowers and can be a viable alternative for buxus hedging as they take clipping and will sprout from bare wood, although they are never as dense as buxus. We are now thinking we will use it more widely beneath deciduous trees where we had been relying on belladonnas. Flowers are backed by tiny evergreen foliage on a low spreading form. 60cm x 60cm. Their small flowers are so massed that they make undulating rugs of colour in the garden with no foliage visible at all. Kurume azaleas has outstandingly increased since the 1950's because of a great demand as a green plant for parks and other public spaces. Likes acid soil and semi shade. 80cm I tracked the blooms and found the latest varieties still with blooms near Christmas and the first ones showing colour in early March this year. He came from Kurume and we have a fair number of very small leafed, small flowered Kurume azaleas. Abundant coral pink hose-in-hose blooms with darker pink centers and veins make a wonderful spring show. Azalea x'Coral Bells' ('Kirin') (Kurume hybrid). Azalea kurume 'Only One Earth' APPEARANCE: Cerise coloured semi double blooms with gently ruffled edges. 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