Joining the Formosa collection of azaleas, Purple Formosa has all of the same valuable growth characteristics with an unforgettable purple hue. The larger 2.5–3” flowers cover the plant in the spring, after which the evergreen foliage takes center stage. The leaves start out a paler green, then mature to a darker green that provides interest and structure to the garden in the winter months. Purple Formosa does an excellent job at screening undesirable views while providing a wall of jewel-toned color and is striking when planted in mass in the woodland garden. Plan to give it regular and deep watering in the year after planting, then keep the soil evenly moist to ensure healthy growth each year. When the bloom has finished in the spring, lightly prune and properly fertilize to encourage an abundance of bloom next year.
Features & Benefits
- Rich purple-lavender 3” blooms in spring
- Evergreen leaves for year-round structure
- Moderate growth rate
- Use as a screening plant or tall hedge in woodland, cottage, and Asian/Zen gardens
- Attracts a range of pollinators
- Poisonous to pets and humans
Care & Space
- Plant in sun/part sun to part shade/dappled shade.
- Plant Height: 6–8’
- Plant Width: 5–6’
- Growth Habit: Upright and rounded
- Plant in moist, well-drained soil. Plan to water more deeply during the first growing season, then keep soil evenly moist in following seasons.
- Prune and fertilize after bloom has completed in the spring.
- USDA Zones: 7b–9