While all azaleas are eye-catching, Red Ruffle amps that drama up a few notches with its brilliant red blooms and ruffly petals. This variety is more compact, growing just 2–4’ tall and wide and delivering a powerful punch in a smaller package. Use it as a focal point in a container design, or in a mass planting in borders and low hedges. Pay attention to deep and regular water during the first year as it’s getting established, then simply make sure it receives even moisture after that. If you’re planting Red Ruffle in warmer climates (Zones 8–9), be sure to give it dappled shade and shield from any of our harsh sun, but slightly cooler climates can successfully grow this beauty if it’s planted in more direct sunlight. With just a few straightforward growing requirements, Azalea Red Ruffle provides easy-care drama with outstanding color and form in any spring garden.
Features & Benefits
- Deep red springtime blooms
- Flowers are single to semi-double flowers with unusual frilly petals
- Evergreen foliage
- Moderate growth rate
- Compact size is ideal for smaller gardens
- Beautiful in cottage, woodland, or Asian/Zen gardens as a low hedge, border, or mass planting
- Poisonous to pets and humans
Care & Space
- Plant in part sun to dappled shade.
- Plant Height: 2–4’
- Plant Width: 2–4’
- Thrives in well-drained soil that is moist, acidic, and humus-rich
- Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season, afterwards maintaining evenly moist soil.
- Prune and fertilize after bloom has completed in the spring.
- Growth Habit: Naturally rounded
- USDA Zones 8–9