The flame azalea is notable for its large, showy, mid-spring flowers and is the most widely cultivated native American species of azalea. This species is one of the parents of the well known Ghent Hybrids and Exbury Hybrids. Use as a shrub border, for massing and naturalizing.
Azaleas are shallow-rooted and transplant easily in spring or early fall if well balled with soil. A good mulch is recommended. Although planting nursery stock is the easiest way to grow flame azalea, the species can be propagated by cuttings, layering, or seeds. Cuttings and separated layers cannot be set out until the second year.
Flame Azaleas are susceptible to insect and disease problems. In warmer areas, protect from afternoon sun as full sun may scorch leaves. Consider planting high as roots rot if soil does not drain well. A healthy plant in the right place with proper maintenance should have few problems.
‘Chattooga’ – hybrid, pink blooms with a yellow blotch.
‘Cherokee’ – apricot petals and yellow stamens on flowers.
‘Golden Sunset Flame’ – flowers a blend of orange, yellow and gold.
‘Golden Yellow Flame’ – Large yellow flowers with gold blotches.
‘Smokey Mountaineer’ – compact, orange-red blooms, good red fall color.
‘Wahsega’ – dark red blooms.
Flame Azalea – USDA
Flame Azalea – Missouri Botanical Garden
Flame Azalea – University of Connecticut Plant Database
Flame Azalea – Virginia Native Plant Society
Flame Azalea – North Carolina State Extension
Flame Azalea – USDA Forest Service
Recommended for Wildlife by
Gardening for the Birds by George Adams
Attracting Wildlife – HGIC
Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy
Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States by Dove & Woolridge
University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.