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Rhododendron Sunny Boy

Chinese azalea

Striking orange clusters of flowers in spring

Striking deep orange coloured flowers are produced in early spring just before the new green leaves come through. The loose structure of this plant means that the flowers seem to hand in the air above the plant. A deciduous variety.


Best in a shaded cool position where its flowers will last the longest.


Needs acid soil conditions to thrive so test your soil before planting. If your soil is neutral or alkaline, then it is best to grow this in a container using 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 No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium, 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, City garden

Typically available

From September to June