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Rhododendron Nico

Japanese azalea

Evergreen form with stunning red flowers

An evergreen azalea with bright cherry red flowers produces in great abundance in May. It is a very hard plant that is slow growing and trends to spread sideways rather than grow upwards. Perfect for a smaller garden it will only achieve a height of 75cm after 10 years.


Best planted in a shady cool spot where its flower colour will be last the longest.


Must be grown in acid soil conditions. If your soil tends to alkaline then it performs well in a container where it must be planted in ericaceous compost.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available September - June
Season of interest Spring
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From September to June