Gardeners in cooler climates, there is an azalea for you! Azalea Hino Degiri thrives beautifully in Zones 5–8, so no need to give up on having this exquisite spring bloomer in your garden. This lovely variety is compact, growing to just 3–4’ tall and wide, making it an exceptional choice for containers, groupings, and mass plantings in the border. Crimson red blooms cover the entire shrub, with the dark green leaves turning another shade of bright red in the winter. Like other azaleas, Hino Degiri prefers enriched, moist soil that is well-drained, partial sun (those dappled sun areas in your garden are perfect), and mulch to keep the roots cool. It’s an easygoing blooming shrub that not only creates springtime drama, it attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in the process.
Features & Benefits
- Showy crimson red flowers in spring
- Repeat flowering later in the season
- Dark green evergreen foliage turns bright red in the winter
- Slow growth rate
- Ideal for borders and containers in Asian/Zen, cottage, and woodland gardens
- Attracts butterflies and other pollinators
- Poisonous to pets and humans
Care & Space
- Plant in partial sun
- Plant Height: 3–4’
- Plant Width: 3–4’
- Growth Habit: Compact and rounded
- Plant in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Water more deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish roots.
- Prune and fertilize after bloom has completed in the spring.
- USDA Zones: 5–8