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Azalea Golden Sunset


Deciduous Azalea

Award winning variety

Eye-catching orange-red buds open to reveal light yellow flowers, with an orange flare, in late May. The leaves are slightly tinted bronze and have great autumn colour, before they fall.


Ideal for adding a splash of colour to a border, it suits a formal or informal garden and also looks good in a woodland style setting. Happy in either full sun or part shade.


An acid loving plant that needs a lime-free soil, or create a raised bed and fill with ericaceous compost specially formulated for acid loving plants. Remove faded flowers to keep tidy.

Azalea Golden Sunset was raised at Exbury and sold to Waterer’s Nursery, who later introduced the plant.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Rhododendron
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - July
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 120 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 45 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. If planting in a bed or border test the soil to establish its pH. If the soil is too alkali it is best to grow your plant in a container. In either case prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig ericaceous compost into the base of the hole, if planting in a container use ericaceous compost to fill the pot. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site City garden, Courtyard garden, Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From February to July