Azalea ‘George Taber’




Striking light orchid blooms feature darker pink splotches, creating a delicate but memorable flower show each spring. George Taber azalea is one of the more sun- and heat-tolerant varieties of the azalea family, thriving in our Texas weather. If it’s planted in cooler climates, it’ll take full to part sun, while in our area it’ll appreciate some dappled sun or bright afternoon shade. The larger size (6–8’) makes it the perfect choice for dramatic screens and hedges, and the evergreen foliage makes sure the screening continues over the winter months. You’ll want to water this azalea more deeply and regularly the first year after planting in order to get it established, then simply provide it with even soil moisture to ensure its healthy growth and abundant blooming. And well-drained soil is a must-have to avoid rotting! Cover these basics and you’ll enjoy years of beautiful blooms from George Taber.

Features & Benefits

  • A profusion of orchid-colored mid-spring blooms
  • Evergreen leaves for year-round interest
  • Perfect hedge or screening plant in cottage, Asian/Zen, or woodland gardens
  • Sun- and heat-tolerant
  • Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Poisonous to pets and humans

Care & Space

Plant in full to part sun or dappled shade.

  • Plant Height: 6–8’
  • Plant Width: 4–6’
  • 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: 8–9