‘Homebush’ is a highly fragrant, deciduous variety of azalea. In spring it blooms and produces masses of huge, round, pom-pom like trusses of pink double flowers that contrast beautifully against the yellowy green foliage.
With its strong upright habit ‘Homebush’ would look excellent as part of a border, flowering hedge or as a privacy screen. This variety can also be grown in containers. This hardy azalea will thrive in both the full sun and partial shade as long as it is planted in moist, well-drained soil.
‘Homebush’ has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.
- Arrives as: 5L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 30-50cm
- Approx. Growth Height and Spread: 1.2-1.5m x 1.25-1.5m
- Flower Colour: Pink
- Growth Rate: Average
- Evergreen/ Deciduous: Deciduous
- Scented: Yes
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Position: Sun/ Partial Shade
- Habit: Bushy
- Soil: Ericaceous
Choose a sheltered site with dappled shade, however, dwarf alpine species will tolerate full sun. Avoid sites exposed to early morning sun in spring, as this may damage frosted flowers.
Ensure the soil conditions are correct. Rhododendrons must have moist but well-drained, acid soil between pH 5.0 and 6.0 that is rich in organic matter.
October or March/April are the best times for planting. Don’t plant deeply, as rhododendrons are surface rooters. Apply a loose 8cm mulch of acidic organic material and water well to finish.
If you have alkaline soil, grow rhododendrons and azaleas as container plants. Use ericaceous loam-based compost and repot every other year into fresh compost in spring.
Caring and Maintenance
To keep your plants performing at their best, in spring, apply slow-release ericaceous fertiliser and renew the acidic mulch and keep well watered.
Rhododendrons don’t require pruning apart from removing dead wood and deadheading if practical. If the plant outgrows its space, cutting back is tolerated best from deciduous azaleas and rough-barked rhododendrons. After cutting back, mulch, feed and keep well watered.
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